55:14K-83 Findings, declarations relative to residential mortgage assistance.
2.The Legislature finds and declares that:
a.Many thousands of New Jersey homeowners are at risk of losing their homes as a result of mortgage foreclosures.
b.Foreclosures involve the loss of a family's home, often the family's most valuable financial asset, and foreclosures especially undermine the health and economic vitality of the urban neighborhoods in which a disproportionate share of foreclosures take place.
c.Foreclosures result in the loss of millions of dollars in assets, not only those of the homeowners who are the victims of foreclosure, but also adversely affect the property values of homes located in the vicinity of foreclosed properties.
d.The loss of a house often results in abandonment of properties, leading to significant costs and lost revenue for local governments, as well as harm to the neighborhoods in which properties are abandoned.
e.Many of these foreclosures could be avoided if homeowners had greater access to high-quality, in-person foreclosure prevention counseling, emergency financial assistance, or additional time during which to negotiate loan modifications or obtain refinancing.
f.There is a compelling public policy need for the State of New Jersey to provide the means by which homeowners can obtain mortgage related counseling, emergency financial assistance, and time to adjust their finances in order to increase their ability to retain their homes, and to protect local governments and neighborhoods from the negative social, economic, and fiscal consequences of foreclosure and property abandonment.
g.New Jersey must ensure that neighborhoods are not adversely affected by properties that are abandoned as a result of foreclosure and become dilapidated eyesores in the community.
h.The Legislature recognizes that the difficulties encountered by homeowners who are delinquent, or are in danger of becoming delinquent, on their mortgage payment does not lend itself to a "one size fits all" solution and therefore it is necessary to establish a number of programs to assist these homeowners.
L.2008, c.127, s.2.
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