Urgent Action – 6/24/2012

Both the Massachusetts Senate and House have passed versions of the Foreclosure Bill (H.4087/S.2298). NOW we need the best of both versions to come out of the negotiations of their conference committee–especially Mandatory Mediation.

WE NEED YOU TO CALL YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE TODAY! Just say:

Hi, Representative __________,

I am calling because we need you to please sign on to the Dear Colleague letter that Representative O’Day and 15 additional legislators have sent to your office, and to speak to the conference members for the Foreclosure Bill and to the Speaker of the House.

Specifically, express your strong support for:

  • Mandatory Mediation as added by the Senate–a proven process in all the other New England states.
  • Including language in the Bill to provide:
    • Transparency to homeowners so they understand these new procedures and obligations,
    • Consistency with proven federal standards, and
    • Preserving homeowner rights.
  • A task force to revise legislation to “prevent unnecessary vacancies” and allow homeowners to rent post-foreclosure to ensure future passage of these measures into Massachusetts law.

There has been a 47% increase in petitions to foreclose in this past month compared to the same month in 2011–We, the people of Massachusetts, cannot wait another two years for this legislation! Please call your Representative today and let your voice be heard! It only takes a few minutes to support these provisions that will affect Massachusetts homeowners for years to come.

If you don’t know who your State Representative is, go to wheredoivotema.com, enter your address, and click the “Find My Election information” button. When the Election Information screen displays, scroll down to find the name of your “Rep in General Court”. Click your Representative’s name to view their office contact information and call them directly, or call the State House Switchboard at 617-722-2000, press 2, then press 0 and ask to be transferred to your Representative’s office.

Thank you for your call! Together, we can make a difference!

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

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