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Are Ohio homeowners getting their share of mortgage settlement?
Consumer advvocates push for mortgage settlement data
Story by LYNDSEY SCHLEY


 
In The Region:
Seventeen consumer advocacy groups sent a letter this week to U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer asking for details on how the National Mortgage Settlement is being distributed.

The settlement is a deal among state and local governments and the top five mortgage servicers. It provides $25 billion in relief for homeowners affected by fraudulent lending practices.

Deonna Kirkpatrick of Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People, a consumer-advocacy group, says data is released by state but not by area code, making it difficult to determine whether hard-hit and minority neighborhoods are getting their fair share.  

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“Time is of the essence because they (servicers) have a threshold that they have to meet. And once they’ve met that requirement and they are certified, they’re off the hook," Kirkpartick says. "They don’t have to change or go back and offer more relief. So it’s really critical that we see where the relief is going, that we get that data and that information so that if there is a problem, we can address it now.”

According to the National Mortgage Settlement monitor’s website, as of May 21, Ohio has received more than $360 million in consumer relief.

Listener Comments:

We lost 2 houses thru mo fault of our own husbanh has Ms but works making a 4th of what he did. I retired last year with some health issues. We live paycheck to pay check with ver little mone for food and all the meds hes on i cant get ANY ANSWERS FROM RUST OR NMS. It is now the 17th andno luck with checks. Ohio attorney wont help with answers either. We are in so in need if this money just like everyone is too please dont keep making us more frustrated then what we have all been thru.


Posted by: Linda Edel (New Mexico) on June 18, 2013 12:06PM
I'm lucky to even get mail in my mailbox. we have moved 4 times since '09.mail barely catches up with us .we missed the independent review mail,but luckily got the national mortgage settlement letter.we were forced to move,we took our dogs that we had for 13 years to a place that didntallow dogs.we were sued and lost $6900 witch we paid after living there less than 6 months.we moved into a slum lord house for a year, he was throwing our mail in the trash,no wonder we didn't receive independent review mail.We moved in with a "friend" who put our oldest dog down while my wife was visiting one of our daughters in Kansas and I was at work.We graciously moved into another friends 32' RV.25 miles from work I ran out of gas many times and was late a lot but I always made it.But I was fired after 25 years of service.We are now renting and this house is in foreclosure.we have lost mostly everything that we own to pawn shops,storage units and thieves.we are unemployed with no resources.Do you think we could get that check before we are forced to leave here.


Posted by: Gary (colorado) on June 4, 2013 12:06PM
are we the people ever gonna see any of this relief? I thought we were getting checks..... my mailbox is still empty.


Posted by: michelle (logan ohio) on June 3, 2013 12:06PM
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