By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer
HARTFORD — Homeowners who are facing foreclosure have a chance to meet with thier bankers to discuss opportunities to save thier homes.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Attorney General George Jepsen and Banking Commissioner Howard F. Pitkin on Tuesday announced another opportunity available for distressed homeowners so they can to explore loan modification and foreclosure prevention options with their lenders.
This is the sixth sponsored by the state, announced at a news conference today by Homeowners in the Greater Hartford area that are struggling to stay in their homes
Officials said that in addition to meeting directly with a lender or loan servicer, housing counselors will be on hand to meet with homeowners. Federal, state and local agencies will be available, providing information including job training, fuel assistance and other community resources. Those unable to attend can get help through the Department’s Foreclosure Assistance Hotline, at 1-877-472-8313.
Among the loan servicers sending representatives are: Bank of America; CitiMortgage; First Niagara Bank; HSBC National Bank USA; JPMorgan Chase & Co.; McCue Mortgage; Nationstar Mortgage; Ocwen Loan Servicing; People’s United Bank; PNC Mortgage; U.S. Bank Home Mortgage; Webster Bank and Wells Fargo Bank, in addition to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Also attending will be HUD-approved housing counselors, the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, pro bono attorneys, Judicial Branch foreclosure mediators and other federal, state and non-profit agencies.
Officials also said that the events “make it easy for homeowners to start the loan review process or to expedite it.” If additional paperwork is necessary, the homeowner comes away with a single point of contact to make sure that information gets to where it needs to be.
More information about the mortgage assistance event, including the information homeowners should bring to help them get answers quickly, is available atwww.ct.gov/dob, or by calling the Department of Banking at 860-240-8170 or Toll-free 1-877-472-8313.