foreclosure prevention

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The home foreclosure rate in Massachusetts is higher than the national average.  But there is a program now in its 10th year that state officials say is helping keep people in their homes.


The city that was hit hardest by the foreclosure crisis in Massachusetts has seen hundreds of abandoned homes fixed up and put back on the market by court-appointed receivers.  Springfield’s use of the receivership laws to combat neighborhood blight was held out today as a model for the rest of the state.

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New York's top bank regulator proposes amending state law to shorten the foreclosure process for homes with delinquent mortgages.


Anti-poverty activists gathered in Springfield, Massachusetts today at the site where a tent city for the homeless sprang up 10 years ago.

About 50 people rallied on the lawn in front of St. Michael’s Cathedral -- the mother church of the Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese – in the city center where the homeless encampment dubbed “Sanctuary City” started on May 13, 2004.

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was in Troy with several other Capital Region Democrats today to discuss new ways to help homeowners facing foreclosure across the state.

Attorney General Schneiderman joined local and state officials and housing advocates at the Troy Rehabilitation & Improvement Program, Inc. to announce two pieces of legislation aimed at aiding homeowners facing foreclosure and helping municipalities deal with vacant properties.

The office of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has announced the open application period for a grant program that seeks to revitalize vacant properties across the the state.

The Distressed Properties Identifications and Revitalization grant program, or DPIR, was created to help cities and towns in Massachusetts identify distressed and vacant properties in order to then advocate for their rehabilitation.