Project No One Leaves, a foreclosure resistance organization run by Harvard Law School students, hosted its fourth annual conference this weekend.
The conference brought together community organizers, attorneys, and activists from around the United States to share and discuss strategies for defending those threatened by or going through foreclosure.
“There are a lot of different ways that you can fight the foreclosure crisis and the conference is a great way for people from different groups…to put their heads together and figure out what we can do about this crisis,” Matthew E. Nickell, the co-president of Project No One Leaves and a student at the Law School, said.
Attendees from New York, California, Washington, Illinois, and elsewhere discussed the stabilization of neighborhoods, government responses to foreclosure, the role of banks in the crisis, and other topics.
“We are always after a multi-faceted, national housing justice alliance…and this conference is another chance for people to get together to talk about how to do that,” said Steve F. Meacham, the organizing coordinator for City Life/Vida Urbana, a local foreclosure resistance organization, who also assisted in planning the conference.
Nickell stressed that the housing crisis has not ended, citing numerous legal claims that remain active and the continued struggles of those facing foreclosure. Nickell also said the crisis has shifted over the last six years as new challenges have arisen.
Attendees at the conference noted that the collaboration across various professional and community sectors gave them a better understanding of the challenges each group is facing.