BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Overextended Maryland homeowners who desperately need a break are getting just that.

As Mike Schuh reports, phone lines have been swamped since the news broke that the state is part of a multi-billion dollar foreclosure settlement.

This week, the attorney general’s office has set up a call bank.

“The conference room didn’t have all those phones or computers three days ago,” said Bill Gruhn. “And during that 24-hour period, about 500 people have called.”

“We’re getting more money than New York is,” said Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler.

Nearly a billion dollars will help those in need, helping those who had foreclosures through Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase, Citigroup and Ally.

Prince George’s and Baltimore City showed the highest levels of foreclosure.

The mortgage settlement money will help those who are already out of their home as well as those still in them.

“It’s terrific that we’re able to help people with this settlement. This isn’t going to help everyone with their problem but it is a step toward helping people,” Gruhn said.

Adrian Redd took calls. She has advice for anyone who’s anywhere in the foreclosure process.

“I would say the best advice is to call,” Redd said.

This program is just getting started but will run for the next three years.

It’s not yet clear exactly when the homeowners will begin to receive the financial aid.

For more information, contact Maryland HOPE at 877-462-7555 or click here.

Comments (6)
  1. Jessica says:

    It would be helpful if you included the number we should be calling. Thank you.

  2. true says:

    Let me get this right .You let your house go into forclosure and lose it. On now you will get taxpayer money after the fact?

    1. big tom says:

      well kinda yes and no on that, taxpayer money but Marty gets his cut first, should help those that are in jeopardy of losing their home because of job loss, but not the idiots who just don’t want to pay

  3. Wanda Larkin says:

    In view of those facing foreclosure on their homes, those of us on Section 8 renting apartments have just been dealt the blow of our rent increasing in April. This increase does not come from the apartment owners, it comes from our Maryland government with an apparent OK from HUD. The letters were written Feb. 28, 2012, effective April 1, 2012. In my case, I’m a senior citizen on a Social Security income of about $1,000.00 per month with no other assets and my rent will increase by $110.00. There is an other probable increase in mine when my lease renewal comes up in May. At least 3/4 of the seniors in my building have just been hit with this increase.

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