- Shine a light on best practices for research and evaluation of foreclosure mediation programs (and related interventions); and
- Build and strengthen relationships between court administrators, researchers, advocates and representatives from government agencies and the lending community.
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Helping Prevent Foreclosure
January 10, 2012
“If foreclosure mediation is such a good idea, why haven’t more jurisdictions taken up the mantle? What are barriers to implementation and program participation, and is the conventional wisdom that mediation takes a long time and is costly supported by the evidence?” These were some of the critical questions posed last spring by Raphael Bostic, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) at a workshop hosted by the Access to Justice Initiative at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. in March of 2011. Today, Access to Justice is proud to release a report (PDF) detailing the important discussions that took place that day, compiling the most recent foreclosure mediation research and resources, and offering possible answers to these – and many other – key questions. In response to the ongoing foreclosure crisis, many jurisdictions around the country are turning to mediation, where a neutral third-party (often, but not necessarily employed by a court) helps facilitate negotiations between a lender and homeowner as they attempt to reach agreement on an alternative to foreclosure where such an outcome is feasible. As detailed in the report, these programs already show great promise, and have even demonstrated some early successes – but the best way to move forward remains a subject of debate. In order to sustain the national dialogue about these issues Access to Justice brought together more than 40 foreclosure mediation program administrators, researchers, and other stakeholders for a workshop designed to achieve two goals:
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