IFLA Mission Statement and Goals

As the nation's foreclosure epidemic continues to worsen, the Center for Responsible Lending has formed the Institute for Foreclosure Legal Assistance (IFLA) to support groups giving legal representation to families facing foreclosure and financial ruin because of abusive subprime mortgages. The National Association of Consumer Advocates will manage the project, which recognizes that one of the biggest barriers families face to avoid losing their homes is the lack of access to quality legal services.

The Institute, launched with a $15 million grant from investment management firm Paulson & Co. Inc., will provide funding and training to organizations that help homeowners negotiate alternatives to foreclosure. The majority of the funds will be grants to support direct legal assistance to borrowers in 10 or more states to fight foreclosure, predatory lenders and abusive loan servicers. It will do this primarily by providing money to top non-profit legal-aid groups and law school clinics.



Message from the Institute Advisory Board

The Institute for Foreclosure Legal Assistance provides funding and training to organizations that help homeowners fight foreclosure. In pursuit of that mission, the Institute has appointed a 4-person advisory board made up of a diverse group of nationally recognized experts dedicated to helping solve our nation's mortgage crisis. The panel members, who have no set term limit, provide leadership, guidance and advice to the Institute as it seeks to use its funds for the protection of homeowners and the advancement of proactive legal solutions to significantly diminish the flood of foreclosures causing despair and ruin throughout our nation's communities. The four board members are: Janis Bowdler, National Council of La Raza; Prentiss Cox, the University of Minnesota Law School; Chris Barry-Smith, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office; Michael Waldorf, Paulson & Co.

March 2010 NACA Reports

IFLA Report- March 2010

IFLA Trainings- March 2010

IFLA Grantees Profiles- March 2010

2009 IFLA Grant Recipients

Iowa Legal Aid (Des Moines)
Dennis Groenenboom
515-243-2980, ext. 1620

Neighborhood Legal Services Inc. (Lynn)
Sheila C. Casey, Esq.

Legal Services of South Central Michigan (Ann Arbor)
Jennifer Schrand
734-665-6181, ext. 11

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Inc. (St. Louis)
Daniel K. Glazier

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Inc.
Lynn Etkins
702-386-1070 ext. 165

New York
Legal Services for NYC- Staten Island Legal Services Homeowner Defense Project
Nancy Goldhill

Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid (Weslaco)
Robert Doggett

Columbia Legal Services (Olympia)
Bruce Neas
360-943-6585 ext. 215


Future Dates


Previous Dates

IFLA Intensive Training Session
Durham, NC
September 14-15, 2009

IFLA Intensive Training Session
New Orleans, LA
December 4-5, 2008

Poverty Law Conference
Austin, TX
April 23, 2008

In person and video conference
Ohio State Bar Association
Columbus, Ohio
March 10-11th

Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center
127 Public Square, Cleveland, OH. 44114
September 4, 2008


IFLA Foreclosure Legal Assistance Recoverable Grant ProgramRecoverable Grant Program

The goal of the Recoverable Grants Program is to fund reasonable costs associated with impact litigation for borrowers in danger of losing their homes through foreclosure.


IFLA Foreclosure Legal Assistance Recoverable Grant Documents

Guidelines for Foreclosure Legal Assistance Recoverable Grants (Word Document)
Recoverable Grant Application Form (Word Document)

The Institute for Foreclosure Legal Assistance (IFLA), a project of the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) and managed by the National Association of Consumer Advocates, is pleased to announce that it is accepting proposals from private attorneys and non-profit legal entities to fund litigation costs associated with assisting borrowers in danger of losing thier homes through foreclosure.