Albany Law School recently received a $205,000 grant from the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC) to fund a new Housing Clinic within the law school's Clinic & Justice Center.
In the Housing Clinic, students will work with Albany Law faculty to offer legal services, outreach, educational opportunities and housing counseling to homeowners and tenants affected by foreclosure in Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady counties.
"Funding for the new Housing Clinic is vital not only in terms of service for members of our community, but also in terms of the hands-on experience that it will afford our students," said Thomas Guernsey, Albany Law School's president and dean. "Clinic experience is an excellent way for students to cultivate the skill set they need to excel in the practice of law."
Students at the Law Clinic and Justice Center handled more than 600 cases last year, spanning such areas as civil rights, health law, unemployment litigation, tax advocacy, securities arbitration and family violence prevention. The clinic also matched more than 200 students with field placements in government agencies, nonprofits and other organizations.
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The grant is part of HTFC's Subprime Foreclosure Prevention Program. The HTFC was established in 1985 as a subsidiary public benefit corporation of the New York State Housing Finance Agency to create decent affordable housing for low-income families and individuals.