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  • UA legal team moves to County Housing Center

    Jun 15, 2015 | Read More News
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    Clients of the Pima County Housing Center looking for help finding sustainable, affordable housing will have another resource at their disposal beginning this week: the University of Arizona College of Law’s Mortgage and Consumer Finance Law Group.

    UA law groupThe five-person legal team has been moving their operation into the Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress, for the last several days. The group had been headquartered at the James E. Rogers College of Law since February, but sought the move to the Housing Center to better serve the clients needing their assistance with issues such as foreclosure prevention, bankruptcy filings, and applications for home loan modifications.

    The legal assistance is free, since the clinic is funded by a grant from the Attorney General’s office. The clinic already has more than 40 clients, said Director Joanna Medrano. 

    “We’re seeing everything,” she said. “A lot of people whose homes are underwater, but also people with medical bills who can’t qualify for a modification. That’s why it’s so helpful to have an advocate. A couple of clients were already foreclosed on, and we were able to help them.”

    The law group is being housed in the Housing Center’s community room, said Betty Villegas, program manager. She thought it made sense to open the space up to the attorneys, noting that many of her housing counselors already are referring clients their way. 

    “When I weighed the public benefit and how it supported what we already do, it just made sense for us to have them here,” Villegas said.

    The University of Arizona College of Law’s Mortgage and Consumer Finance Law Group is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attorneys can be reached at 520-626-4093 or by email at law-housing@email.arizona.edu.