Foreclosure Project

Foreclosure Project

To get help, call 212.382.6766.


The City Bar Justice Center’s Foreclosure Project provides legal assistance to low- and moderate-income homeowners facing foreclosure, with the goal of keeping people in their homes whenever possible. We recruit and train volunteer lawyers primarily to negotiate workout arrangements with lenders and attend settlement conferences. Occasionally, where appropriate, volunteers may represent the homeowner in litigation.

When the foreclosure crisis hit NYC in 2008 the City Bar Justice Center, together with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, rose to the challenge by forming the Lawyers’ Foreclosure Intervention Network. LFIN expanded into the Foreclosure Project in 2009 with additional funding from New York State. The Project is currently staffed by a Project Director, Project Coordinator, and a full-time Staff Attorney. It is now funded by the New York State Attorney General’s Home Ownership Protection Program.

The Foreclosure Project has trained over 500 volunteer attorneys since its inception and has assisted over 1,000 homeowners in various stages of foreclosure. In helping to prevent foreclosures, the Foreclosure Project not only provides valuable services to individual homeowners but helps protect some of New York City’s most vulnerable neighborhoods from the economic fallout caused by this crisis.

Scott Kohanowski directs the Foreclosure Project. Thomas Tillona is the staff attorney, and Brianna Noonan is the project coordinator.


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For additional information on free services to prevent foreclosure, call 311 and ask for the Center for New York City Neighborhoods, or visit

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  • NELP – Legal Presentation

    Tuesday, April 17, 2018 (6:00 PM – 8:00 PM): A volunteer attorney will give a presentation on the topic of Commercial Leasing at the Brooklyn Public Library located at 10 Grand Army Plaza, Trustees’ Room, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11238. By subway this location is accessible via the 2/3 to the Grand Army Plaza station. To RSVP, call the Brooklyn Small Business Development Center at (718) 797-0187.

  • City Bar Justice Center 2018 Annual Gala

    The 2018 Spring Gala will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at the New York City Bar Association, honoring Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP and Pfizer Inc for their extraordinary leadership and dedication to public service.

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