Many Madison County homeowners who are facing foreclosure have seen relief through a 10-month-old program. Land of Lincoln Legal Aid in Alton launched the Madison County Foreclosure Mediation Project about 10 months ago, and it has seen such success, it is now partnering with the St. Louis University Legal Clinic. This is a project that is available as part of the legal paperwork that comes with the foreclosure process.
When receiving court papers, those being sued will also receive a request for remediation and a financial questionairre. Homeowners will simply have to fill out those documents and submit them back to the court, but program administrator Linda Jun says that is not to say every case can be fixed.
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She says there are about 1,500 foreclosures in Madison County every year. While it is unlikely 100% of those would file for the program, Jun says they have already had 185 inquiries, of which they accepted about 80%, and nearly half of those resulted in homeowners avaoiding foreclosure.