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Assistance for Tennesseans Threatened with Foreclosure

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The State of Tennessee is stepping up to help homeowners faced with possible foreclosure.

The state attorney general's office is recommending homeowners in trouble call the Tennessee's Mortgage Assistance Hotline to get reliable information and referrals to free foreclosure prevention counseling.

The hotline is a partnership between the state and the Homeownership Preservation Foundation — a nonprofit that’s been operating a national hotline for the past five years.

The Foundation’s Josh Fuhrman says homeowners actually have a lot of options, the problem is choosing the right one.

“There are so many programs out there and there are scam organizations trying to prey on them, and really what we’re trying to do is provide an opportunity for consumers to dial in and we will help them determine what the best resolution is for their situation."

Fuhrman says the hotline is staffed weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The number for the Mortgage Assistance Hotline is (855) 876-7283. More information is available online at http://www.tn.gov/attorneygeneral .