The Hampden County Housing Court Project was created in response to the Hampden County Housing Court’s plea to local attorneys to help reduce the number of unrepresented people in Housing Court. The attorneys involved in the project have represented hundreds of clients since its inception in matters before the Western Division of the Housing Court.
As part of a “Celebrate Pro Bono” reception in October 2009 honoring the pro bono legal work of attorneys across western Massachusetts, the Women’s Bar Foundation honored the project’s partners including MassMutual Financial Group, the law firm of Heisler, Feldman & McCormick, P.C., Community Legal Aid, and the Hampden County Bar Association. The collaboration is an example of the difference that the combined resources of the private and public sectors can make in the lives of people in need. Each year, these partners devote countless hours to the representation of low-income tenants and landlords appearing in the Hampden County Housing Court.