February 17, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley announced that on February 19, 2010, the Foreclosure Diversion Program will hold its first informational session for homeowners facing mortgage foreclosure in Cumberland County. The Foreclosure Diversion Program is the result of the recently enacted P.L. 2009, ch. 402, An Act To Preserve Home Ownership and Stabilize the Economy by Preventing Unnecessary Foreclosures. In accordance with the new law, the Supreme Judicial Court established a statewide program to provide mediation services in certain residential foreclosure actions in Maine.
The informational session is a key and important component of the Foreclosure Diversion Program,” according to Judge Andre G. Janelle, the Judicial Director of the Foreclosure Diversion Program Pilot Project, which operated from August through December 2009. Homeowners who have been served with mortgage foreclosure complaints and who are proceeding to mediation may be ordered to attend an informational session where they will learn about the mediation program, the types of financial information they will need to gather, and what community resources are available to assist them. “By attending these sessions, homeowners will have a chance to learn about the information they will need to ensure that the mediation sessions are productive for homeowners and lenders,” explained Judge Janelle.
Cumberland County’s first informational session will be held at the Cumberland County Superior Courthouse in Portland on February 19, 2010 at 9 a.m. Informational sessions have already been held at Springvale, Wiscasset, and Rockland District Courts; informational sessions in other parts of the State will be held soon.
For more information about the Foreclosure Diversion Program, visit the FDP website at: www.courts.state.me.us/court_info/services/foreclosure/index.html
Lauren Blake Weliver, Manager Foreclosure Diversion Program (207) 822-0706 FDMP (at) maine (dot) gov