HOME PRESERVATION PROJECT

PBRC’s Home Preservation Project (HPP) recruits and trains pro bono attorneys to provide legal representation to low-income homeowners. The goal of the Home Preservation Project is to keep people in their homes.  We believe that by providing the tools and supports that we offer, we are able to help long-time members of communities age in place, preserve intergenerational wealth (which, for our clients, is generally equity in the home), provide security for families, and protect the rights of homeowners.   

  • Estate Planning Services:  Estate planning sounds like something that would only be important to people of means, but this isn’t the case.  At our clinics, “Estate planning” means that we draft for our clients a will, an advance medical directive, and a financial power of attorney.   Particularly with respect to clients who are homeowners, this is an important way that families can preserve their accumulated wealth, which is often the equity in the home.   Writing a will fosters community stability through the efficient transfer of property. Executing a financial power of attorney ensures that the client has a trusted person who will be able to access his or her funds to be able to keep up with things like bills, the mortgage, and property taxes should the client become medically frail or incapacitated, which can also prevent the loss of a home.
  • Foreclosure Prevention: To help homeowners behind on their mortgages at risk of foreclosure, or those who may be already in foreclosure proceedings, PBRC offers information and counseling at our in-person clinics held approximately monthly or a consultation by telephone.  We are currently serving homeowners in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County.
  • Tax Sale Foreclosure Prevention: To address the rising number of low-income homeowners in at risk of losing their homes due to delinquent property taxes, tax sale clinics were established in partnership with MVLS. Each year, the vast majority of those attending our clinics were able to be removed from the tax sale list immediately, with others referred for longer-term representation. PBRC operates legal clinics in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County during the month of April.

HOW TO VOLUNTEER

Each volunteer opportunity has a relevant training to prepare you for the work. Take a training to get started!

Estate Planning Services

Attorneys with less than two years of estate planning experience complete an online training course prior to volunteering.  Attorneys meet one-on-one with Baltimore City clients at a day-long clinic and prepare wills, advance medical directives, and financial powers of attorney.

View the video about our Estate Planning Clinics to see how you can give back to Maryland's seniors!

Foreclosure Prevention

Volunteer attorneys provide one-on-one brief advice and/or take cases to assist distressed homeowners facing foreclosure.

Tax Sale Foreclosure Prevention

Lawyers complete an online training to give brief advice and take cases to assist homeowners facing tax sale foreclosure.

CONTACT THE HPP TEAM

Michael Bryant, Jr. 
Project Coordinator
443-342-4262 | Email Michael

Allison Harris, Esq.
Director
443-703-3050 | Email Allison

MatZyonna "Matte" Howard
Project Coordinator
443-703-3052 | Email Matte

Madonna Lebling, Esq.
Staff Attorney
443-703-3028 | Email Madonna