Groups appeal to federal judge for fair lending data on homeowner relief (Legal Newsline)

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — More than a dozen housing and consumer advocates, in a letter to a federal judge last week, questioned whether homeowner relief given under the requirements of a nationwide mortgage settlement is being given fairly to borrowers in communities hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis.

In their letter to U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer, who is assigned to the case, 17 groups, including Americans for Financial Reform, Consumer Federation of America, Woodstock Institute, Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People, and others requested fair housing data on the implementation of the settlement.

“We are writing because we work with and are concerned about the communities and families who should be seeing improved processes, fairer mortgage servicing outcomes and compensation for illegally completed foreclosures as a result of the federal/state mortgage servicing settlement,” the groups wrote in their May 23 letter.

“We are deeply worried that the goals of the settlement are not being met fairly, and we urge you to require full public disclosure of the distribution of principal reduction and other loan modification benefits under the settlement so that you, the signatory parties, and the public can evaluate the outcomes adequately.”

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