MILWAUKEE, WI (WSAU) - A successful foreclosure prevention program that started in Milwaukee is expanding statewide. It’s the Metro Milwaukee Foreclosure Mediation Program.
Debra Tuttle is the Chief Mediator with Wisconsin Mediation Network. She says this is a court annexed mediation program that serves as an alternative to litigation in court. Tuttle says they look for options to foreclosure that are better for all of the parties involved. The program is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Justice
Tuttle says as hard as it may be, you have to be proactive and get in touch with lenders or a mediator, because you can’t ignore the problems and make them go away. She says homeowners in financial trouble should reach out to a HUD- certified housing counselor when served with foreclosure papers and get in touch with a foreclosure mediation program.
Tuttle says they help struggling homeowners figure out and apply for a number of existing programs. She says most people facing foreclosure need guidance with the many options available, and that’s where they come in.
The program currently has regional centers to administer these cases, but now they are looking for volunteer mediators to help all over Wisconsin. Tuttle says people with background in mediation, legal, skilled negotiators, and business have a great background for this work, and they train new volunteers as well.
Volunteer mediators are being trained in Wausau this Thursday and Friday, November 29th and 30th. You can get involved by calling for an application or downloading one from their web site. The phone number and websites are listed below:
You can also find this at the Department of Justice website: http://www.doj.state.wi.us/dls/ConsProt/mortgage-servicing-settlement.asp