Residents facing foreclosure have more time to get legal help

Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.

Grant funding for free legal assistance for people facing foreclosure has been extended another month.

Low- to moderate-income residents have until July 31 to seek help from Three Rivers Legal Services through the program funded by a $25 billion settlement between the five largest banks and attorneys general in 49 states with the federal government.

Three Rivers, a nonprofit corporation serving 17 North Florida counties, is able to help with foreclosure defenses, alternatives to foreclosure and how to lower mortgage payments among other issues.

The organization has helped more than 200 homeowners since the program began in March.

To apply for services, residents of Alachua, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy and Union counties can call 800-372-0936. Residents of Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee and Taylor counties can call 800-495-0039. Residents of Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns Counties can call 904-394-7450.

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