Poor economy hits courts, hurts programs for poor (AP)

Timothy Cook prepares documents to help save his family's house from foreclosure in Minneapolis, Minn., Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009. Cook used the free legal-assistance center in the Hennepin County Courthouse to learn what legal action could be taken. (AP Photo/Andy King)AP – Timothy Cook needed help fast: His home was on the brink of foreclosure, and the six relatives and friends who lived with him were at risk of being put on the street during the coldest weather in years.

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