Regional Boston foreclosure prevention advice and agencies.

Several non-profit foreclosure counseling organizations operate across Boston and Suffolk County Massachusetts. They partner with the Boston Home Center, and all of the non-profits are committed to providing free or low cost foreclosure prevention advice, information on mortgage assistance programs, counseling, and other support to struggling homeowners. Get information and learn about the services that each location offers.

Urban Edge - This organization offers many programs that resolve around helping families and individuals in the community and building strong neighborhoods. They are officially known as a community development corporation (CDC), but one of the main programs they provide is housing and foreclosure counseling.

They administer services from Urban Edge's Homeownership Center. An example of some of the services offered from this center include free Foreclosure Prevention, Section 8 housing, Budgeting and Financial Fitness classes, and numerous other housing counseling programs and services. Dial (617) 989-9320

Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. - A resource they run which is known as ABCD's Mattapan FSC. Numerous financial assistance programs are offered by this non-profit organization, and it covers all of Suffolk County, Middlesex, and other areas in Massachusetts. The ones that focus either on housing, budgeting, or ways to get back on track with your payments include foreclosure prevention, debt and credit counseling classes, home buyer workshops, and much more. Call this non-profit community action agency to speak to a housing counselor and to get advice. 617.298.2045

Codman Square Neighborhood Development - The non-profit is located in Dorchester, but serves the larger community as well. The foreclosure counseling and prevention advice they offer is free to homeowners. Call the agency at 617-825-4224

Boston Home Center - HUD certified counselors can help Suffolk and Middlesex County homeowners analyze their financial situation, provide information on foreclosure programs, and also refer you to the appropriate resources and non-profits that may be able to help you. Learn more about HUD housing.





Dorchester Bay Economic - They administer the Homeowner Services Program. Well trained staff have helped hundreds of families over the years save their homes. Meet with a counselor to get access to foreclosure prevention services. The program is partly funded by government grants, and some of the solutions and services offered to homeowners in the Suffolk County area include loan remediation, financial literacy, mortgage modifications and credit repair. 617-825-4200

Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (MBHP) - Some of the foreclosure prevention and housing programs are offered directly by the agency, and sometimes they may refer you to another program. Regardless, MBHP can assist homeowners with providing counseling, resources and free foreclosure prevention advice regarding their rights and responsibilities. They also offer eviction prevention services as well as landlord/tenant mediation. Phone (617) 859-0400

Ecumenical Social Action Committee Inc. (ESAC)- The non-profit is committed to improving quality of life, and to helping people keep their homes. This is one of their top priorities. The non-profit will work directly with your bank or lender. They can mediate a solution, and will attempt to negotiate mutually agreeable workout terms and/or loan modifications that will allow you to keep your home. Services are offered to Boston and Suffolk County Massachusetts residents for free. Counselors may even decide you to refer you to an attorney to try to secure financial assistance or a loan modification. Learn more on how lawyers can help modify loans.

Work with a housing counselor to mediate a solution that benefits both the bank and the lender. Get information on both federal and state of Massachusetts mortgage assistance programs. And much more.

Other services offered by ESAC include financial, debt and budget counseling, consumer education, and the organization can help homeowners secure more affordable loans and mortgages from a large variety of banks and lenders. 617.524.4820

Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) - Various foreclosure prevention clinics are offered, in both Spanish and English, to Boston Massachusetts area homeowners. All services are free or low cost. NOAH's requires that struggling homeowners and potential clients first attend one of the free clinics, as they are considered the first step to working towards a long-term solution for your mortgage problems. The clinics provide the homeowners with a list of options and programs available to them, among other resources.




After someone attends a clinic, then next step is to meet with a foreclosure prevention counselor. They will go into more details and formally initiate the process. A counselor may call your bank or lender to negotiate on your behalf, get fees waived, help you stick to a budget, and provide information on other loan modification programs. 617-567-5882

Nuestra Comunidad - Provides housing assistance and foreclosure services to homeowners in the greater Suffolk County and Middlesex Massachusetts areas, including Roxbury and Dorchester, from their Homeownership Center. They have a full time foreclosure prevention counselor on staff, and the non-profit works very closely with clients of the center. They have a staff that negotiates solutions for each client on an individual basis, representing our clients in communications with lenders. The counselor will call the lender and negotiate. 617.427.3599

By Jon McNamara

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