Indiana Supreme Court Supports Statewide Phone-A-Thon Aimed at Foreclosure Prevention
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Indiana Supreme Court Supports Statewide Phone-A-Thon Aimed at Foreclosure Prevention

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June 29, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — The Indiana Supreme Court encourages Hoosiers facing foreclosure to consider making an important call on June 30th.  Lt. Governor Becky Skillman announced a statewide phone-a-thon that will give troubled borrowers the opportunity to access foreclosure prevention assistance.  On June 30, between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. EDT, Hoosiers having trouble paying their mortgage will have the opportunity to call a toll-free number and speak with a member of the Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network (IFPN).

During this event, troubled borrowers will be able to ask questions and discuss their situation with an IFPN counselor, attorney or other qualified volunteer.  Based on their mortgage situation, borrowers will receive a follow-up packet with details about the next steps they should take.

“Hoosiers are feeling the effects of the national housing crisis. This newest initiative from the Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network is an innovative way to give Hoosiers the help they need to preserve homeownership and avoid foreclosure,” said Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. “I encourage anyone having trouble paying their mortgage to pick up the phone on June 30 and make the call.”

Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard echoed the Lieutenant Governor’s sentiments and said, “We do not want homeowners to face this crisis alone.  I encourage those who are worried about losing their home to make this call.”  To support the IFPN, the Indiana Supreme Court is training judges, mediators and attorneys on how to better handle mortgage foreclosure cases.  For more information on the program, “Back Home In Indiana—Guiding Homeowners through Foreclosure” visit courts.in.gov/home.

The phone-a-thon is a free service provided by the Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network.  The call-in number varies depending on which county a person lives in, but every Indiana resident has access to a toll-free phone number. Below are the toll-free numbers throughout the state.  A list of counties being serviced by each number is available at www.ifpn.info.

Northern Indiana
1-800-274-5961

Central Indiana
1-800-233-0020

Southern Indiana
1-800-987-9848

Before calling on June 30, troubled borrowers are encouraged to gather the following items: loan account number, a brief description of circumstances, recent income documents, and a list of household expenses.

More than 25 organizations, including not for profit organizations, state officials and government agencies, lenders, attorneys and housing organizations have played an important part in the creation and promotion of this event.  To learn more about this event, to see Public Service Announcements or to view a program about foreclosure prevention, please visit www.ifpn.info.

Media contacts:
Jay Kenworthy, Office of Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, 317.232.5674, jkenworthy (at) lg.IN (dot) gov
Megan Graves, Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network, 317.331.2984, megraves (at) ihcda.IN (dot) gov
Kathryn Dolan, Indiana Supreme Court Public Information Officer, 317.234.4722, kdolan (at) courts.state.in (dot) us

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