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About MAAPL

The Mass. Alliance Against Predatory Lending (MAAPL) is a coalition of over 60 housing counseling agencies, legal services groups, social service agencies, and community-based social action groups that have joined together to address the foreclosure crisis in Massachusetts. MAAPL collects and distributes timely information on the foreclosure crisis and its effects to the public and to its member groups, drafts and supports legislation that provides important protections to homeowners and tenants facing foreclosure and eviction, documents the impact of the foreclosure crisis on local communities, networks with related organizations throughout the Commonwealth, and provides tools and information to help people navigate the legal system and advocate on their own behalf more effectively when challenging a foreclosure or eviction in court

The Structural Racism of Mortgaging and Foreclosures Continues…

MAAPL recommends the following recent articles highlighting the dramatically decreased levels of Black homeownership in the wake of the financial crisis, as well as the impact of mortgage discrimination on Black homebuyers. Black homeownership rates haven’t changed much in the … Continue reading

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Update: MA State Court Deadlines Postponed Until July 1

MAAPL Coordinator Grace Ross has issued an update to our previous post on  Massachusetts state court cases being postponed. Court case deadlines have been postponed for another month until July 1, 2020 for all non-emergency or lower-priority matters. Today, May … Continue reading

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More Protection from Foreclosure for Fannie/Freddie Mortgagors!

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has extended its moratorium on foreclosures and evictions for those with Fannie and Freddie mortgages through June 30th, 2020. On May 14th, 2020, as per its press release: “…to help borrowers and renters who … Continue reading

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New non-emergency MA Court cases postponed to June 1/July 1

The SJC Court Order for the MA Courts, given the continuing COVID-19 crisis, was posted on Tuesday April 28. The specific orders by each court division have not yet posted, so MAAPL will amend this information once we get the … Continue reading

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VICTORY! Gov. Baker Signs Moratorium on Foreclosures and Evictions into Law!

In historic legislation signed by the Governor yesterday, we got a blanket Moratorium on foreclosures and all evictions, except where the occupant has committed a criminal act that endangered others. This law appears to be in effect for 120 days, … Continue reading

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Action Alert: Make 3 Calls NOW to Correct and Pass Emergency Moratorium Bill!

PLEASE REPOST EVERYWHERE! Massachusetts Alliance Against Predatory Lending www.maapl.info MAAPL: 3 Calls NOW! Monday, April 7th Massachusetts Senate must Correct AND Pass the Emergency Moratorium on Foreclosures and Evictions Bill Your voice gets results! Call your state Senator TODAY! Ask … Continue reading

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Update: Some Banks/Landlords Try to Push Evictions Through District Court

A Bank or Landlord seeking to avoid delay by using District Court instead of Housing Court will not avoid the required delay for prosecuting an eviction case. It has been brought to our attention that entities seeking to evict people … Continue reading

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Clarifying Governor Baker’s remarks of 3/25/2020

Auctions and evictions are still not stopped. On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Governor Baker announced that the Massachusetts Division of Banks is telling Massachusetts banks and credit unions to stop all foreclosure auctions for 60 days. Of course, the vast … Continue reading

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Action Alert: Evictions in MA Are Still Happening, But You Can Help Stop Them!

PLEASE RE-POST WIDELY Friends, Until there is an actual, specific announcement for the state of MA that foreclosures and evictions have been halted, please share the following information as broadly as possible: Forcible eviction in MA can only occur based … Continue reading

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National Foreclosure and Eviction News: Updates from MAAPL

Known as of March 17, 2020: Foreclosures and Evictions have NOT stopped nationally… but there’s good news for those with FHA mortgages! (and maybe Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac… ) While Trump did not stop all foreclosures and evictions across … Continue reading

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