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DOJ Program Helps Montanans Keep Their Homes

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Attorney General Tim Fox announced today that over 200 Montana families, who struggled to pay their house payments, have kept their home from foreclosure

They did it with help from the "Keep My Montana Home" program, which is ran by the Office of Consumer Protection Office.

It's the second year of the three years allotted to the program, and Fox said he is pleased with the results so far.

Many Montanans weren't immune to the economic downturn and ended up owing more than their home was worth. As they say, "home is where the heart is," but after the recession, some Montana families struggled to keep that heart healthy.

"When families are stressed financially, and they are at risk of losing their home all sort of things happen," Fox said. "Families break up, children have problems and so there's a ripple affect if you will."

Fox said the "Keep My Montana Home" program helped those families get through the financial storm by receiving advice from the Department of Justice, and if they qualify for the program they're offered a few helpful options.

"First of all forbearance where they may have a little breathing room to catch up on payment," Fox said. "Interest rates can maybe be negotiated down so it's easier to make their payments."

One qualification requirement for the program is a Montana homeowner must have a loan that was serviced by one of the banks included in the nationwide settlement.

About $5 million was given to the state for legal services and staff in the Attorney General's Office associated with the foreclosure mitigation and housing counseling partners.

Fox said they see a variation of families going through these struggles...where one day they were living comfortably in their home and the next day they weren't. So if you're family is at risk of losing your home, visit the DOJ website and click on the consumer protection tab to see if you qualify for the "Keep My Montana Home" program.

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