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Hoosiers involved in HSBC foreclosure abuses can begin filing claims Aug. 24

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – More than 2,000 Hooisers could have some money headed back their way thanks to a settlement with mortgage lender and servicer HSBC. According to Attorney General Greg Zoeller, qualified Hoosiers will receive mailed notices this month with instructions on how to claim the reimbursement from the $470 million federal-state settlement […]

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Foreclosure counseling would continue to be funded under bill passed by Senate

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Foreclosure advice and counseling may still be available through most of 2017 as a bill to continue funding the programs moves to the House. Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, authored Senate Bill 409, which would extend a $50 foreclosure filing fee through July 1, 2017. Merritt said the Mortgage Foreclosure Counseling […]

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Fort Wayne and South Bend get cash to eliminate blight

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann announced Thursday that Fort Wayne and South Bend are recipients of more than $6.3 million to help eliminate blighted and abandoned homes in their communities through the Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program. They were successful in the second of six rounds of funding that […]

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Ellspermann announces program to help communities with blighted neighborhods

By Zach Schmitt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Communities could get federal funds to help clear blighted neighborhoods of abandoned homes under a new program that is part of Indiana’s Hardest Hit Fund. Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann announced Monday that federal officials agreed to let the state spend $75 million on the new Blight Elimination Program. The […]

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Senate passes bill to spend more on low-income energy assistance

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that will make more money available to help low-income Hoosiers pay their utility bills. If House Bill 1141 becomes law, the state will put about $3.7 million to $4.4 million more into the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program annually. That’s […]

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National housing deal means $145 million for Indiana and Hoosier homeowners

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse Bureau INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s share of a mortgage settlement between 49 states and five banks will be about $145 million to be used primarily for homeowner loan refinancing and modifications, cash payments for borrowers who lost homes, and consumer protection programs. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Thursday that the […]