Breaking News: Brookline Town Meeting Passes Mortgage Mediation Resolution

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.

Related article: Article aims to save Brookline residents from foreclosures


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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