Foreclosure crisis worsens in Massachusetts, spurring cries of state inaction

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http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/08/foreclosure_crisis_continues_t.html

By Shira Schoenberg | sschoenberg@repub.com
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on August 24, 2016 at 6:00 AM, updated August 24, 2016 at 6:07 AM
 The effects of the Great Recession may be receding, but many Massachusetts homeowners remain underwater. The number of foreclosures is rising, and that trend is expected to continue.

The reason, experts say, is a backlog of old foreclosures that were stalled due to a state law that are only now proceeding. But advocates for homeowners say the state is also not doing enough to help struggling homeowners.

Elyse Cherry, CEO of Boston Community Capital, which invests in affordable housing in low-income communities, was part of a 2014 task force that made recommendations to state government to address foreclosure impacts. “The fact that they haven’t been implemented at all speaks to the current interest of state government in terms of dealing with it, and the fact that as a country…

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