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Mortgage Lending & Foreclosure Prevention

Consumers are faced with a variety of decisions and challenges when considering obtaining a mortgage to purchase a home or refinancing their current mortgage. They are doubly pressed when life circumstances cause them to go into default and when they are facing the possibility of foreclosure and losing their home.

Empire Justice Center has been working for over a decade to help assure that consumers have access to affordable, responsible mortgages and that their rights are protected when in foreclosure. This section of the website has information on state and federal laws to protect consumers with respect to mortgages and foreclosures, Empire Justice Center reports on mortgage lending and the foreclosure crisis, as well as resources to help consumers in default or at risk of foreclosure.

 



ARTICLES

New Law Makes the Rules regarding Welfare Mortgages Clear and Provides Transparency and Accountability
The 2014-15 New York State budget contains Article VII legislation that amends SSL 106 to clearly state that HEAP, child care and SNAP cannot be charged against welfare mortgages. Read More

Top Ten Ways The CFPB Can Help You With Financial Questions
The U.S. PIRG Education Fund has put together this great resource of how the CFPB can help you. It includes information on how to make complaints to the CFPB. Read More

A.G. Schneiderman To Sue Wells Fargo, Announces Groundbreaking Servicing Agreement With Bank Of America
NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman enters settlement with Bank of America and files suit against Wells Fargo for failure to comply with the National Mortgage Servicing Settlement. Read More




IN THE NEWS

New Web-Based Program Offers Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Critical Legal Information For Free
An exciting and innovative new resource is available that will help those homeowners by providing a free, web-based, step-by-step guide through the foreclosure process, providing critical information that can help save their homes. Read More

NY Senate gives final passage to foreclosure prevention bill
A bill to extend foreclosure prevention measures another five years won final legislative approval Tuesday. Read More




POLICY ADVOCACY

NYRL Memo of Support: Require that Vacant and Abandoned Properties be Maintained
NYRL strongly supports A.9341/S.7350, which requires mortgagees and their loan servicing agents to maintain vacant and abandoned properties from the point in time that it is discovered that the property is vacant and abandoned. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Protect the Homes of Welfare Recipients
New York is one of only two states in the nation that takes deeds and mortgages against the homes of welfare recipients to recover the public assistance paid to these homeowners. Read More




PUBLICATIONS

Don’t Lien on Me: How New York’s Public Assistance Mortgages Undermine Homeownership and Financial Stability
This report provides an comprehensive analysis of New York’s use of Social Services Law §106, which allows Social Services Districts to recover public assistance paid to individuals who own their own homes, by taking a mortgage against the recipient’s property. The report also chronicles the legal background of the practice, the interplay between this policy and the push for foreclosure prevention, the need for detailed record keeping, and makes recommendations to ensure that debt is recovered against these mortgages only in the appropriate situations and for the correct amount. Read More

 

The Long Island Foreclosure Crisis: Stabilizing the communities most impacted by foreclosures in Nassau and Suffolk Counties
Study identifies hardest hit towns and strategies to keep families in their homes and limit damage to the local tax base. Read More

 



NEWSLETTERS

Policy Matters: September 2012
In between juggling children’s summer camps and activities, taking vacations and attending family reunions, Empire Justice Center staff members did a lot of policy work this past summer. We are happy to share what we did in this issue of Policy Matters. Read More

Policy Matters: June 2012
What an incredible year. We are so happy and proud to be able to share with you the great things Empire Justice advocates helped achieve during the course of this legislative session. These accomplishments will help and protect low income New Yorkers, individuals impacted by domestic violence, families facing foreclosure, and those who need, but cannot afford, an attorney to figure out how the law affects their fundamental human needs. Read More




TRAINING AND EVENTS

New York's Foreclosure Process: From Standing to Settlement Conferences and Everything in Between
This presentation discusses and presents solutions to the procedural and substantive challenges in New York's Foreclosure Settlement Conference Process and updates practitioners on laws and regulations, legal issues, government programs, and resources to help homeowners facing foreclosure. Read More

Representing Homeowners at Mandatory Settlement Conferences
Mandatory settlement conferences are now an integral component to the foreclosure process for subprime loans. The governor has signed a new law that expands the settlement conferences to all residential loans. Pro Bono lawyers have been approved to represent homeowners for the limited capacity of these settlement conferences. This training addresses important considerations for lawyers willing to represent homeowners in this capacity. Read More




RESOURCES

Welcome to the Foreclosure Guide
This exciting and innovative new resource will help homeowners by providing a free, web-based, step-by-step guide through the foreclosure process, providing critical information that can help save their homes. Read More

Top Ten Ways The CFPB Can Help You With Financial Questions
The U.S. PIRG Education Fund has put together this great resource of how the CFPB can help you. It includes information on how to make complaints to the CFPB. Read More

Tenants in Foreclosed Properties: What You Need to Know
In New York, tenants have protections during and after a foreclosure. Read more to find out… Read More