Anti-Foreclosure Activists Push For New Law

By Gary Mott & Sarah Birnbaum

Jan. 12, 2012
BOSTON — Housing activists rallied on Beacon Hill on Jan. 11 in support of legislation aimed at reducing the growing number of housing foreclosures.
Testifying at an afternoon Judiciary Committee meeting, members of the Massachusetts Alliance Against Predatory Lending called for banks to mediate with homeowners before foreclosing. The alliance is also pushing for allowing former homeowners to pay rent and live in foreclosed properties, and requiring a judicial review prior to foreclosure.
Antonio Ennis of Dorchester was among the protestors calling for the legislation.
"I'm actually facing foreclosure, since 2009, and I've tried several times to get loan modifications that have been denied," he said. "So I'm here to get these bills passed to help our fight."
Secretary of State William Galvin also testified at the hearing in support of requiring court approval before foreclosing on homes.

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