Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA)

Organization Description:

Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA) is a California statewide, not-for-profit legal service and advocacy organization. HERA's mission is to ensure that all people are protected from discrimination and economic abuses, especially in the realm of housing. We focus particularly on the needs of those who are most vulnerable, which includes lower-income people, the elderly, immigrants, people of color and people with disabilities. HERA's core practice areas are predatory or unfair mortgage lending, foreclosure prevention and fair housing. Our direct legal representation services are available primarily in Northern California, while our technical assistance, training and capacity building services are available statewide. HERA's activities to combat unfair lending, predatory lending and other abuses include: * providing consumer education, * providing legal services to individuals, * training legal professionals, community-based agencies, and governmental entities, * researching and documenting the scope and impact of housing discrimination and predatory lending practices, * organizing and capacity building of relevant entities in order to fight abuse of consumers, * pursuing policy and legislative redress, and * creating alternative consumer institutions.

  • State(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: California
  • Area of law: Civil Rights, Consumer, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Elder Law, Foreclosure
  • Opportunities For: Law Students, Lawyers, Paralegals, Senior Lawyers
  • Need for non-English services: Cantonese Chinese, Chinese, English, French, Khmer, Korean, Laotian, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: No
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: No
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: No
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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