Brookline, MA resident and two-term Town Meeting Member Merelice sponsored a resolution in Brookline Town Meeting that requires lenders to enter into mediation with homeowners to try to keep them in their homes rather than foreclose on them and potentially leave a property vacant for months. 13 states and the city of Springfield, MA have passed similar legislation requiring pre-foreclosure mediation.
Merelice reported today that after several months of meetings with various Brookline Boards and committees, which led to revisions of the original resolution, Brookline Town Meeting passed the mortgage mediation resolution with a vote of 212 to 3. The resolution received support among concerned residents, including a public letter of support from Andrew Fischer, President of the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (JALSA).
MAAPL thanks and congratulates Merelice on the success of her sponsorship and advocacy of this important resolution.
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