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Help, Just a Phone Call Away

July 10th, 2008 by flanews

While policy and policing agencies on the state and federal levels fight predatory lending and pass measures to stop the practice, little is being done for people whose homes are in jeopardy, until now. As Whitney Ray tells us, for many Floridians help is just a phone call away.

Hear it Here: Help, Just a Phone Call Away

There are ten numbers every Floridian facing foreclosure should know. The Florida Bar and Florida Legal Services have set up a hotline for people in danger of losing their homes. In just the eight short days since the Florida Foreclosure hotline went live program coordinator Tracy Brim has heard it all.

A lot of it is loss of jobs or cut back in hours, several are just the economy. Prices have gotten so high they cant afford it, said Brim.

Florida has the second highest foreclosure rate in the nation. From late notices to actually losing a home, one out of every 200 properties has received some sort of Foreclosure notice.

Florida Legal Services wants to make sure people who cant afford their mortgage payments or an attorney, get good legal advice Information from the hotline calls is matched with lawyers.

Its our hope that their attorney can negotiate with the lender and establish a meaningful workout where the home owner can save the home and not lose the home into foreclosure, said Doinne Meyers the Flash Coordinator for Florida Legal Services.

More than a hundred people have already called the hotline and some of their stories are heartbreaking.

She was a senior citizen, shes worried about losing the home shes been in 25 years, said Brim.

The legal advice is free… but with 77,000 foreclosures and more on the way the lawyers have their work cut out for them. The hotline number is 1-866-607-2187. Calls are taken during regular business hours and messages are returned within 24 hours.

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