A Foreclosure Mediation Program was created in response to the surge in foreclosures (many homeowners are struggling with their mortgage rates adjusting upward) and the recognition by Judicial, Legislative and Executive Branch officials that there needed to be a way to improve the way foreclosure cases were processed. Our legislature passed Public Act 08-176, An Act Concerning Responsible Lending and Economic Security, which was signed into law in June 2008 by Governor Rell and went into effect July 1, 2008. Under the Act, the Chief Court Administrator was required to create a foreclosure mediation program by July 1, 2008. The goal of CT's Foreclosure Mediation Program is simple - try to keep the homeowners in their homes. The program is the first unified and mandated program in the United States and requires borrowers and their lenders to meet face-to-face so they can negotiate an agreement.
361 owners (53%) stayed in their homes, and of those, 270 (40%) had their loans modified, 24 (3%) were reinstated, and 67 (10%) entered into a forbearance plan;
116 owners (17%) moved out of their homes because of a short sale, a deed in lieu of foreclosure or a foreclosure sale date; and
203 cases (30%) were not settled; and
when you combine the "staying in home" and the "moving from home" categories, there's a settlement rate of 70%.