Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release


April 30, 2012
Media Contact: Jenn Meale
Phone: (850) 245-0150

Attorney General Pam Bondi Seeks Public Input on Distribution of $300 Million in Settlement Funds for Housing-Related Programs

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi invites the public to make suggestions on how best to distribute approximately $300 million recovered on behalf of Florida’s consumers in the national mortgage servicing settlement. From Monday, April 30, through Monday, May 14, at 5 p.m., the public can submit suggestions to the Attorney General’s Office by visiting MyFloridaLegal.com.

“Florida is one of the hardest hit states in the country in terms of foreclosures, and I’d like to hear from Floridians about ways we can help homeowners and offset the devastation caused by the foreclosure crisis,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.

In the next several weeks, Attorney General Bondi will be evaluating input from the public, interested stakeholders, and representatives of the Governor’s Office and the Legislature before distributing settlement funds.

In February 2012, Attorney General Pam Bondi entered a $25 billion joint federal-state agreement with the nation's five largest mortgage servicers over foreclosure abuses and unacceptable nationwide mortgage servicing practices. The court-approved settlement calls for the Attorney General to direct approximately $300 million in consumer relief for purposes intended to avoid preventable foreclosures, to ameliorate the effects of the foreclosure crisis, and to enhance law enforcement efforts against financial fraud.

The settlement agreement lists permissible uses of the settlement funds, including: housing counselors, state and local foreclosure assistance hotlines, state and local foreclosure mediation programs, legal assistance, housing remediation and anti-blight projects, and training and staffing of financial fraud or consumer protection enforcement efforts. More information regarding the uses of these settlement funds can be found under “Exhibit B” of the final settlement agreement. Mortgage Settlement Link