NORTHWEST JUSTICE PROJECT INTRODUCES TEXT MESSAGING FOR CLIENTS WITH DRIVERS LICENSE ISSUES
The state-funded Northwest Justice Project recently launched a text campaign connecting individuals with legal information via their cell phone. Individuals who need a driver’s license for work and have a suspended driver’s license because of unpaid traffic fines, suspension due to a car accident while uninsured, or had one or more convictions for driving with a suspended license and still have unpaid fines even though the suspension period is over can text the keyword DRIVE to 877877.
View the short video describing the campaign. [9/2/14]
ONLINE STATEWIDE LEGAL INTAKE AND SCREENING
Northwest Justice Project (NJP) has an online application process and triage tool, CLEAR*Online.
If you are looking for legal help or information, you may use the online portal to
- Submit an application 24/7 for legal assistance. You may submit an application for help with most problems relating to public benefits or loss of housing. CLEAR will follow up by calling you unless you prefer to call CLEAR. You will be offered 3 time windows between 8:15AM and 4:00 PM in which to receive a callback.
- Obtain a preliminary screening for other types of legal problems. If it looks like you will qualify for assistance (financially and problem type), you may electronically transfer relevant information in advance so that when you call CLEAR, the intake interview will take less time.
- Find other resources related to the problem: Whether or not you qualify for assistance from CLEAR, at the end of the application NJP will provide publications, other organizations and web resources that may help resolve the problem.
Applicants may access the online application at: www.nwjustice.org/clear-online
EXPANDED LEGAL HELP FOR INDIVIDUALS
FACING HOME FORECLOSURE
The 2011 Washington State Legislature enacted landmark legislation expanding the rights of homeowners facing foreclosure. Homeowners referred by an attorney or certified housing counselor have the right to participate in face-to-face mediation with their lenders in an effort to avoid foreclosure. The Foreclosure Fairness Act also greatly expands the number of certified housing counselors and provides additional funding for civil legal representation of homeowners facing foreclosure.
To learn more about the Foreclosure Fairness Act and the difference it is making for Washington Homeowners, go to the Department of Commerce's FFA website.
Homeowners who are behind in their payments or who have received a Notice of Foreclosure should call:
Home Ownership Information Hotline
Statewide Civil Legal Aid Foreclosure Hotline
Foreclosure Information Flyer (click here)
Last Updated 09/02/14