According to an article in USA Today, most low-income homeowners facing foreclosure try to fight foreclosure without the help of an attorney.  And while there are lawyers and centers committed to helping the nation’s poor fight foreclosure, many of these legal assistance centers are overwhelmed.

The article said:

“A study to be released today by the Brennan Center for Justice found that many people now face complicated foreclosure proceedings with “no opportunity to obtain help from a lawyer…”It’s overwhelming how many people don’t have representation,” says Melanca Clark, a Brennan Center for Justice lawyer and the study’s author. “People don’t know what to do when they have to go through this alone.”

In many cities, as much as 80 percent of homeowners fighting foreclosure are doing so without an attorney.  And many legal assistance centers for the poor are forced to turn away about half of those seeking help because they are understaffed and facing an increase in the number of homeowners seeking help to stop foreclosure .