HARTFORD — Legislators are considering two bills to extend the state's foreclosure mediation program, which helped more than 3,200 homeowners stay in their houses from July 2013 through the end of last year.
The program, which began in 2008 as foreclosure starts surged, was set to expire at the end of June next year.
Continuing the program costs about $6.7 million a year to pay for salaries and benefits for 51 state employees.
Rep. Larry Butler, D-Waterbury, Co-Chairman of the Housing Committee, sponsored a bill that makes the program permanent. He said it's been extended several times for a year or two already.
"The need for this isn't going to go away....