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Attorney General Gansler Presents $343,000 to
Mid-Shore Pro Bono
Mortgage Settlement funds to assist distressed homeowners in five Eastern Shore counties


Baltimore, MD (April 26, 2013) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler today presented a ceremonial check for $342,750 to Mid-Shore Pro Bono Inc., that will enable the legal assistance nonprofit to expand its aid and assistance to distressed homeowners in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot counties. The award is part of $6.2 million allocated from Attorney General Gansler's Mortgage Settlement funds, plus $2.6 million from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development to expand legal services for Maryland families who face serious housing and mortgage issues. The funds will provide help to an estimated 650 Eastern Shore families.

"Many Eastern Shore families are suffering due to the housing crisis and they need legal help to keep a roof over their heads and improve their financial future," said Attorney General Gansler. "This award to Mid-Shore Pro Bono is part of our effort to put these settlement funds to work helping families and the communities where they live."

Mid-Shore Pro Bono Inc., will use the funds to help more clients who are having trouble with their mortgage payments, foreclosure-affected bankruptcy, foreclosure mediations and debt collection.

"We are seeing a significant rise in the need for our services and these funds make it possible for us to expand our existing foreclosure prevention efforts," said Sandy Brown, Executive Director of Mid-Shore Pro Bono. "We've been able to hire a new Foreclosure Project Coordinator who has already made a difference in how we assist homeowners here on the Shore."

Under the National Mortgage Servicing Settlement, more than 14,000 Marylanders have received more than $1.1 billion in direct benefits such as home mortgage modifications, principal reductions, deficiency waivers, refinancing and short sale financial assistance as of December 31, 2012, according to the Monitor of the National Mortgage Settlement.

As part of the settlement, Maryland received nearly $60 million in funds which were allocated by Attorney General Gansler primarily to housing-related services and projects, including legal aid and assistance. The money is being distributed under a process designated by the Attorney General in cooperation with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

For more information on the Mortgage Settlement visit Attorney General Gansler's website:
http://www.oag.state.md.us/mortgageSettlement/index.html

For more information about the allocation of nearly $60 million in settlement funds, visit:
http://www.oag.state.md.us/Press/2012/053012.html

For more information about the most recent Federal Monitor's Report, visit:
http://www.oag.state.md.us/mortgageSettlement/Monitor_Progress_Report_Feb2013.pdf

To read the report's most recent statistics on progress in Maryland, visit:
http://www.oag.state.md.us/mortgageSettlement/Monitor_Progress_Report_MD_Feb2013.pdf

Additional information is available at:
www.NationalMortgageSettlement.com
www.HUD.gov
www.DOJ.gov

Photos from the event can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/marylandoag/sets/72157633343000087/

   

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