Elderly Disabled Veteran Fights Wrongful Foreclosure | Colorado
Colorado Legal Services and other LSC-funded legal organizations across America help low-income clients access the civil justice system. LSC grantee clients include veterans and military families, homeowners and renters, families with children, farmers, the disabled, and the elderly.
In 2014, LSC grantees helped 1.9 million people.
Mr. Johnson* is an elderly and disabled veteran.
He turned to Colorado Legal Services (CLS) for help with a judicial foreclosure filed by the veterans' Home Owner's Association (HOA). The HOA had levied numerous fines against Mr. Johnson based on the home use of a small bus needed because of his disabilities.
Mr. Johnson had spent several hundred dollars retrofitting the bus to allow him to use a lift to enable him to get in and out with his wheelchair. The HOA labeled the bus as a commercial vehicle in violation of the HOA rules and brought a foreclosure action for unpaid fines. The HOA refused to negotiate any settlement.
The case went to trial, with a CLS attorney representing Mr. Johnson. Mr. Johnson prevailed at trial; the foreclosure action was dismissed and he was able to keep both the bus and his home.
*Names have been changed