Helping Michigan's Hardest Hit Homeowners
Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) has launched a plan to distribute federal funds to help tens of thousands of Michigan households avoid foreclosure.
For more information and to see if you qualify for assistance, visit www.stepforwardmichigan.org or call MSHDA toll-free at (866) 946-7432.
Help for struggling homeowners is here!
A state law that went into effect in 2009 provides a 90-day lifeline to families in danger of losing their home. Under the new law, lenders must work with you to avoid foreclosure.
Here's what you need to do.
First, open all mail from your lender. If you're behind on your payments in this tough economy and are at risk of foreclosure, you will receive a notice in the mail explaining your right to work with both your lender and a certified housing counselor.
Second, call a housing counselor immediately. You have 30 days from the date the notice was mailed to contact a housing counselor or your local legal aid office or the agent designated by your lender in the notice. A list of certified housing counselors should be included with your initial notice.
Third, start working with your lender and housing counselor to come to a solution. You have 90 days from the date you contacted your housing counselor to come to an agreement with your lender about your loan if you opt in to the program and complete the steps as outlined in your notice.
Foreclosures tear apart families, neighborhoods and communities. Let's put an end to the housing crisis and stop the foreclosure epidemic once and for all.
Beware of scams!
Unscrupulous thieves and con artists frequently try to prey on homeowners who are trying to avoid foreclosure. Be on the lookout for these common scams:
"Foreclosure Prevention Specialists" who ask for large fees to negotiate with your lender in order to save your home. You do not need to pay someone to speak to your lender on your behalf. If a housing counselor asks for payment, find another housing counselor.
The "lease/buy back," where homeowners are tricked into signing over the deed to their home based on a promise that they'll be able to remain in the home as a renter and buy the home back later. These terms end up being so difficult to meet that the homeowners aren't able to repurchase their homes. Do not sign over the deed to your home.
The "bait and switch," where homeowners are tricked into signing over the deed to their homes when scammers convince them that they're entering into a new mortgage agreement. Read everything carefully before you sign it.
If you have any questions about these scams or concerns about your housing counselor, feel free to contact MSHDA at (866) 946-7432, or on the Web at www.michigan.gov/mshda.
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I’m State Representative George T. Darany, and I serve Michigan’s 15th House District.
As your State Representative, I am committed to working on behalf of Dearborn residents to clean up state government so that it works for us. If you need assistance regarding unemployment benefits, foreclosure assistance and or any other state issue, feel free to contact me. I am here to work for you and your family.
State Representative George T. Darany
15th House District