Foreclosure Prevention Project


Mobilization for Justice’s Foreclosure Prevention Project helps homeowners in Queens, Brooklyn & Staten Island keep their homes. MFY attorney Chantal Hernandez (left) with client after finalizing a loan modification.

For modification applications made before December 30, 2016, Click HERE for MFY’s Waterfall Worksheet to determine whether borrowers pass HAMP or GSE Standard Modification waterfalls.  For the HAMP & GSE Standard Modification Waterfall Worksheet User’s Guide, click HERE.

For modification applications made after December 30, 2016 on a loan held by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, click HERE for MFY’s Flex and Standard Modification Waterfall. For the Flex and Standard Modification Waterfall Worksheet User’s Guide, click HERE.

For loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration, click HERE to determine whether borrowers  qualify for an FHA home retention loss mitigation option.  For the FHA Waterfall  User’s Guide, click HERE.

Launched in September 2008, Mobilization for Justice’s Foreclosure Prevention Project focuses on preventing foreclosures in Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island, three of the hardest-hit counties in the state. We have successfully negotiated many mortgage modifications in state court foreclosure settlement conferences, challenged the standing of plaintiffs to file foreclosure actions, and held accountable unscrupulous companies who bilk clients by claiming they will get their mortgage payments reduced.

In 2010, the Project took on increasingly complex cases and initiated litigation to enforce provisions of the federal Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), which was designed to promote loan modifications to enable homeowners to keep their homes. The current informal system for appealing HAMP denials is wholly inadequate and, as a result, servicers are flouting HAMP’s requirements with impunity. Mobilization for Justice has submitted testimony to Congress on the issue and filed a class action lawsuit to challenge Bank of America’s refusal to modify the loan of a Staten Island homeowner who had complied with all the requirements of HAMP. In another case against the same bank, Mobilization for Justice saved the home of an elderly Queens’ resident after the bank had illegally auctioned it, despite the homeowner’s ongoing payments.

Our Foreclosure Prevention Project works with other organizations to press the state and federal governments for legislative change, advocating for reforms to provide specific penalties for servicers’ violations of HAMP, and amendments to the Bankruptcy Code to allow judges to modify mortgage loans on a person’s primary home. The project also assists neighborhood-based housing organizations to educate tenants of buildings facing foreclosure on their rights.

In June 2011, Mobilization for Justice issued Justice Deceived, a report detailing how large foreclosure firms were subverting state regulations and harming homeowners by failing to file the necessary paperwork to move a foreclosure case to the settlement part. Thousands of cases are stuck in this “shadow docket,” causing interest and fees to accrue, further undermining homeowners’ chance for a successful loan modification. A follow-up report in May 2012, Justice Unsettled, showed that the practice continues. To defend homeowners against this practice, we filed a class action lawsuit against Stephen J. Baum, P.C. for engaging in unfair debt collection practices.

Mobilization for Justice’s Foreclosure Prevention Project is supported by the  New York State Office of the Attorney General, Center for New York City Neighborhoods, and the New York State Office of Court Administration.

BROOKLYN, QUEENS & S.I. HOMEOWNERS – CALL OUR INTAKE LINE FOR HELP: 212-417-3777, Tuesday, 2 pm – 5 pm

Or come to a walk-in clinic:
Brooklyn Homeowners: Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams St., Brooklyn, NY 11201, Room 524, Wednesdays 10 am – 1 pm
Queens Homeowners: Queens Country Supreme Court, 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., 4th Fl. Lobby, Jamaica, NY 11455, Mondays 10 am – 12:30 pm