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LATEST NEWS

May 3, 2022 | VLP PARTNERS WITH EHCC THROUGH LIVE COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS

The Haitian, Brazilian, Latino, and American landlord communities tuned in to hear attorney Donna Cohen speak about the Landlord Advocacy project via a live community workshop organized by the Everett Haitian Community Center. Click the link below to view the session:

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May 2, 2022 | Spark FM Radio: Wake up with Tayla Andre

Radio personality, Tayla Andre interviews leading supervising attorney, Donna Cohen about the Landlord Advocacy Project.

Below are the links to snippets from the interview:

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April 1, 2022 | MBLA Partners with VLP Landlord Advocacy Project

Mass Black Lawyers Association (MBLA) has partnered with VLP’s Landlord Advocacy Project to provide volunteer attorneys for the Project’s “Lawyer for the Day” services to eligible landlords to receive free, eviction or eviction-related consultation on a limited time basis. VLP x MBLA’s partnership will help VLP continue to provide access to justice by delivering high quality pro bono legal services to the underserved low-income landlord population.

March 17, 2022 | BBA Housing Advocacy for Landlords Webinar

If you missed the 3/15 live webinar, you can view the recording here: Housing Advocacy for Landlords: The Basics and How to Get Involved.

March 15, 2022 | Live Webinar | 3:00 PM EST

How to Get Involved will provide a basic overview of how to assist and represent low-income, owner-occupant landlords, many of whom have been financially impacted by the pandemic. It will provide information on why this underserved population needs assistance and how to help by volunteering with VLP. Please register on the BBA website in advance.

Feb 23, 2022 | MBWA Partners with VLP Landlord Advocacy Project

Mass Black Women Attorneys (MBWA) has partnered with VLP’s Landlord Advocacy Project to provide volunteer attorneys for the project’s “Lawyer for the Day” services to eligible landlords seeking to receive free, eviction or eviction-related consultation on a limited time basis. VLP x MBWA’s partnership will help VLP continue to provide access to justice by delivering high quality pro bono legal services to the underserved low-income landlord population.


LANDLORD ADVOCACY PROJECT

Who are our clients?

  • VLP serves owner-occupant landlords. These are the “mom and pop” landlords who live in and rent out one or more units of their 2-3 family homes
  • Landlords who meet specific median household income ranges
  • Landlords who are at risk of foreclosure or bankruptcy

Why do we help low-income landlords?

  • Our landlords often rely on pensions and moderately priced rental income to pay bills, maintain their property, and keep their mortgage up to date
  • These landlords lack easy access to resources
  • Our owner-occupants are often elderly, and their English is often their second language
  • Owner-occupant landlords live in the property they rent out, so their tenants are also their neighbors; these circumstances can create unique challenge

VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS & OPPORTUNITIES

DOCKET OUTREACH

  • Review docket listings and identify qualified unrepresented landlords who have matters pending in court
  • Participation available immediately
  • Training will be provided

UPSTREAM SERVICES

  • Contact pro se litigants via telephone and/or email to inform them about available programs and services
  • Participation available immediately
  • Training will be provided

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE APPLICATION SUPPORT (FAAS)

  • Assist landlords with applying for mortgage and utility assistance
  • Gather necessary documents from landlords to submit with their Emergency Housing Payment Assistance application (applications for rental assistance)
  • Regularly check in with the RAA for updates on the applications 

ONE-ON-ONE LEGAL ADVICE (1-on-1)

  • 15-minute consultation with client in a virtual and secure workspace through a virtual platform called Legal Squirrel 
  • Training video here.

LIMITED ASSISTANCE REPRESENTATION (LAR)

  • Opportunity to represent parts of a case rather than the entire case. For example, provide general legal advice, assistance with starting an eviction action, the preparation and serving of a Notice to Quit (NTQ), a Summons and Complaint, a mediation, or assistance responding to discovery requests.
  • Training video here.

EDUCATION & TRAINING AMBASSADOR

  • Craft educational trainings and materials on topics that are important for small low-income landlords and the attorneys who serve them
  • Present crafted topics via pre-recorded trainings and live webinars.
  • Feature your name and work in VLP’s training library shared with major legal and social service organizations throughout the state

To sign up for one or more of the above programs, click here.


WHY I VOLUNTEER

Jared Coltey, Intern at Justice Bridge Legal Center 

Volunteering with the Landlord team has been one of the best experiences of my life, we’ve been able to help many people through horribly stressful situations. Not only is the program extremely helpful and successful, but the team is also full of truly great people who make volunteering that much more rewarding. 


Morjieta Derisier, Esq. Baystate Law Group

Volunteering as an attorney is an integral part of our judicial system, money should never be a barrier to quality representation.  


Len Zandrow, Partner Brister & Zandrow

VLP has been a great partner of ours ever since we launched our law incubator seven years ago. The Justice Bridge community and I personally appreciate the opportunities that we have been given to participate in the Landlord program and the services that we have been able to provide thus far on behalf of modest means landlords of owner-occupied dwellings. “ 


Ted Papadopoulos, Esq. Ashton Law 

When presented with an opportunity to help someone in need, seize it! There is no better compensation or reward than the gratitude and thanks from the person(s) you are able to assist. 


John Carroll, Esq. Meehan, Boyle, Black and Bogdanow 

The gift of giving of yourself to others is a gift to yourself. The reward is instantaneous.


TRAINING VIDEOS

Housing Law 101

  • The Eviction Process
    • MLRI Training
    • 1-hour online course will guide you through the eviction process, focusing on key steps along the way
    • You can stop and start at any point and come back to it to refresh your knowledge

Legal Squirrel (personal trainings available)

  • Legal Squirrel 101: How to navigate software
  • How to do Docket Outreaching
  • How to do upstreaming services
  • How to make a 1-on-1 referral

Legal Server (under contruction)

  • Legal Server 101: How to navigate software
  • Legal Server FAAS: How to process the Financial Application Support process
  • Legal Server LAR: How to process, manage and complete Limited Assistance Representation cases


TRAINING SLIDES

The documents and forms posted are for informational purposes only.  They may change as the law, regulation and requirements can change without notice.  Please make sure to check for the most up to date information.


INCENTIVE PROGRAM

  • MCLE discount vouchers available to attorneys who actively work with us
  • SJC Pro Bono Honor Roll nomination for attorneys who volunteered 100+ hours
  • Pro Bono Hours Reporting; case hours and clinic hours


MARKETING MATERIALS


CONTACT US

For questions or comments about this program and the volunteer opportunities, please email echorm@vlpnet.org.


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Find resources and links on the Landlord Advocacy Programs’ homepage. Click here.