Legal Services of Greater Miami and local voluntary bar associations have received state-allocated funds to help homeowners with foreclosure and mortgage modification problems.
The money is part of $25 billion national bank settlement reached by state attorneys general with five mortgage service providers. Florida received $334 million, and $5 million was designated for legal services.
Legal Services plans several law clinics at the Dade County Courthouse to help homeowners with litigation or provide legal advice. The organization signed two contracts with the state to receive a combined $421,000 to help up to 500 homeowners in four months.
The Cuban American Bar Association Pro Bono Project, the Spanish American League Against Discrimination, the Haitian Lawyers Bar Association and Legal Services are under state contract to help South Florida homeowners making $65,000 or less for a family of four and facing foreclosure.
Legal Services hired two attorneys and set up several law clinics with the help of the Haitian Lawyers Bar at churches and community social service locations.
Cuban American Bar president Sandra Ferrera and SALAD didn’t return calls for comment before deadline.