MAAPL Press Conference Friday, 12/23/16

Comunicado de Prensa en Español (PDF)

Please join us for a press conference on Friday, December 23rd, where homeowners will speak out about the need to record documents at their Registry of Deeds to preserve their 20 years to challenge an illegal taking of their home. Mr. Ibanez, defendant in the “US Bank v. Ibanez” case, will also speak against the new law that strips his right to sue to regain his home without requiring he receive notification.

When: Friday, December 23, 2016, 10:30am
Dominican Development Center, 42 Seaverns Ave, Jamaica Plain, MA (617-524-4029)
Latino leaders, illegally foreclosed homeowners, supporters and legal advocates.

Speakers will address questions regarding the supposed new deadline of December 30, 2016 for homeowners foreclosed in 2014 or earlier to preserve their right to 20 years to reverse an illegal foreclosure, the steps that homeowners must take to preserve that right, and the danger that tens of billions of dollars of household wealth may be lost on December 31, 2016 if individual homeowners do not act in time.

Free documents and materials are available to homeowners so they can learn what they need to do to preserve their rights under the new law. There is no requirement to take legal action at this time, but homeowners must record documents at their Registry of Deeds to preserve their 20 years right. The vast majority of the 70,000 households foreclosed in Massachusetts are affected by this law.

Wealth loss to U.S. Latino households between 2005-2009 was 66%; to Black households was 53%. These losses are directly tied to predatory loans and foreclosures (Pew Charitable Trust). The ability to recoup that wealth in Massachusetts depends on reaching some 70,o0o homeowners foreclosed before 2014 by the December 30, 2016 filing deadline.

For more information, call 508-630-1686 or at Clinics are being scheduled across the state up until December 31st  to provide foreclosed homeowners with information and support in filing their papers. For free advice and assistance filling out the documents, visit for information about upcoming legal clinics.

Homeowners will be available to tell their stories to the press at this event.


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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