DOJ Program Helps Montanans Keep Their Homes - KFBB.com News, Sports and Weather

DOJ Program Helps Montanans Keep Their Homes

Posted: Updated:
HELENA -

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.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • State of Emergency issued for Great Falls, Cascade County, and Lewis & Clark County

    State of Emergency issued for Great Falls, Cascade County, and Lewis & Clark County

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 2:36 PM EDT2018-06-20 18:36:13 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 8:53 PM EDT2018-06-21 00:53:18 GMT

    The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Great Falls. The Missouri River is expected to crest at 17 feet, a height that matches the historic crest of 1953, as early as the afternoon on Thursday, June 20th, and is expected to last at least into late Friday, June 21st. If you live on or near Woodland Estates Road and the Country Club area of Great Falls, prepare for flooding now.

    The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Great Falls. The Missouri River is expected to crest at 17 feet, a height that matches the historic crest of 1953, as early as the afternoon on Thursday, June 20th, and is expected to last at least into late Friday, June 21st. If you live on or near Woodland Estates Road and the Country Club area of Great Falls, prepare for flooding now.

  • Hundreds come together to prepare for possible historic flood

    Thursday, June 21 2018 12:28 AM EDT2018-06-21 04:28:41 GMT
    Thursday, June 21 2018 12:34 AM EDT2018-06-21 04:34:21 GMT

    Sandbag after sandbag was filled today by hundreds of volunteers. All hoping to fight back what the national weather service says could be one of the worst floods of the century. “We are expecting the crest could be as high as what we saw in 1953. Depending on the amount of water that does reach us it could be a little less. But even with less flow down the river, it could be as high as it was in 2011,” said Meteorologist Jason Anglin. After that warning, the city of Gre...

    Sandbag after sandbag was filled today by hundreds of volunteers. All hoping to fight back what the national weather service says could be one of the worst floods of the century. “We are expecting the crest could be as high as what we saw in 1953. Depending on the amount of water that does reach us it could be a little less. But even with less flow down the river, it could be as high as it was in 2011,” said Meteorologist Jason Anglin. After that warning, the city of Gre...

  • Great Falls Flooding

    Great Falls Flooding

    Thursday, June 21 2018 10:16 AM EDT2018-06-21 14:16:38 GMT
    Thursday, June 21 2018 10:16 AM EDT2018-06-21 14:16:38 GMT

    The Electric City is expected to reach the Major Flood stage with an additional four or more feet of water, reaching its highest point between noon and 6 p.m. today.    Governor Bullock released a state of emergency for the city of Great Falls, Cascade, and Lewis and Clark County June 20th; urging people to prepare in high-risk areas.  Several roads within Great Falls have been closed as a result of the high flood waters, including:...

    The Electric City is expected to reach the Major Flood stage with an additional four or more feet of water, reaching its highest point between noon and 6 p.m. today.    Governor Bullock released a state of emergency for the city of Great Falls, Cascade, and Lewis and Clark County June 20th; urging people to prepare in high-risk areas.  Several roads within Great Falls have been closed as a result of the high flood waters, including:  •River Drive South...

  • NewsMore>>

  • Roads closed as flooding hits Augusta

    Roads closed as flooding hits Augusta

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 10:43 AM EDT2018-06-19 14:43:07 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 10:24 PM EDT2018-06-21 02:24:09 GMT

    AUGUSTA - Flooding is being reported on Main Street in Augusta and along US Highway 287 at mile marker 38. 

    AUGUSTA - Flooding is being reported on Main Street in Augusta and along US Highway 287 at mile marker 38. 

  • Death ruled accidental in Milk River drowning

    Death ruled accidental in Milk River drowning

    Monday, June 18 2018 6:17 PM EDT2018-06-18 22:17:31 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 5:53 PM EDT2018-06-20 21:53:29 GMT

    The body of a missing Chinook man has been found. According to Blaine County Sheriff Glen Huestis, the body of Noah Hofeldt was found Sunday evening around 5:30pm by volunteers floating the Milk River searching for Hofeldt.  Sheriff Huestis says they believe Hofeldt went missing as early as Monday, June 11th.  It is still unclear what led to the death, but foul play is not suspected. Hofeldt's body is being sent to Billings Tuesday morning for an autopsy. Until then, Sheri...

    The body of a missing Chinook man has been found. According to Blaine County Sheriff Glen Huestis, the body of Noah Hofeldt was found Sunday evening around 5:30pm by volunteers floating the Milk River searching for Hofeldt.  Sheriff Huestis says they believe Hofeldt went missing as early as Monday, June 11th.  It is still unclear what led to the death, but foul play is not suspected. Hofeldt's body is being sent to Billings Tuesday morning for an autopsy. Until then, Sheri...

  • Update: Woman rescued, 13 people still stranded in Wilderness

    Woman rescued, 13 people still stranded in Wilderness

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 12:38 AM EDT2018-06-19 04:38:13 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 9:07 PM EDT2018-06-20 01:07:43 GMT

    A woman walking near Hauser Dam has been rescued after weather and slippery conditions caused her to get lost.  According to the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office, the woman is safe and uninjured. Her identity has not yet been released. As of 10:30 Monday evening, authorities were taking the woman back to her vehicle.  At the same time, a group of 13 people lost their way in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Lewis and Clark County Sheriffs say the group got stuck on the s...

    A woman walking near Hauser Dam has been rescued after weather and slippery conditions caused her to get lost.  According to the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office, the woman is safe and uninjured. Her identity has not yet been released. As of 10:30 Monday evening, authorities were taking the woman back to her vehicle.  At the same time, a group of 13 people lost their way in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Lewis and Clark County Sheriffs say the group got stuck on the s...

  • Fishing access sites closed due to high water

    Fishing access sites closed due to high water

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 2:17 PM EDT2018-06-19 18:17:37 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 2:17 PM EDT2018-06-19 18:17:37 GMT
    CASCADE COUNTY - Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks has implemented closure of 2 fishing access sites due to flooding on the Sun River The Medicine River FAS and the Fort Shaw FAS are closed until further notice. FWP says they'll stay that way until the area can be cleaned up and deemed safe.
    CASCADE COUNTY - Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks has implemented closure of 2 fishing access sites due to flooding on the Sun River The Medicine River FAS and the Fort Shaw FAS are closed until further notice. FWP says they'll stay that way until the area can be cleaned up and deemed safe.
Powered by Frankly
Copyright - All content © 2001 - 2018. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.