Deadline approaching for foreclosure aid

$170 million available for Florida families in foreclosure

By Sheli Muniz - Reporter

ORLANDO, Fla. - Attorney General Pam Bondi was in Central Florida on Friday to announce there is money to help families who have foreclosed on their homes and gone through some sort of fraud.

It is money from a landmark national settlement. Florida received the 2nd biggest chunk, $8.4 billion. $170 million is allotted for those people who lost their home from January 2008 to the end of 2011.

"This money, we fought long and hard for, for you, for the citizens of this state," said Attorney General Pam Bondi. "The problem is that we are up against a very hard deadline."

Local residents say they haven't seen the money come their way yet.

"We want to stay in our home, we want to keep it," said Deborah Bellamy, who says she is struggling to pay for her Pine Hills Home.

"All I'm wanting is a decent interest rate and preferably non adjustable," said John Anderson. He is trying to pay for his home in DeLand.

For homeowners like John, he just hopes a lot of red tape won't hold him back from saving his home.

"I like what I heard but I just hope this is not too complicated," he said.

The deadline to apply for the settlement has been extended to Feb. 15.

For more information about eligibility and filing a claim, you can go to, call toll-free: 1-866-430-8358, or email

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