Ed Murray, Mayor
SUBJECT: Mayor Murray’s statement on Barton foreclosure
7/21/2014 5:51:00 PM
Jason Kelly (206) 684-8379
Mayor Murray's statement on Barton foreclosure
SEATTLE (July 21, 2014) – Seattle Mayor Ed Murray issued the following statement on the Barton foreclosure:
"We are attempting to understand all options that may exist in this situation and I have asked Chief O'Toole and the Seattle Police Department to stand by while the latest court proceedings unwind.
"An interdepartmental team has been working on the issue of foreclosure and how the City of Seattle can proactively connect residents to resources early in the process. I've pledged the City of Seattle’s participation in the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness in 2015, and will launch a separate process to address homelessness and increase housing affordability in the months ahead, one of my visions toward making Seattle an affordable city.
"In Washington State, we've seen recent victories such as the 2011 Washington State Foreclosure Fairness Act, which I worked on closely, designed to help homeowners and their lenders explore alternatives to foreclosure and reach a resolution when possible. I’m committed to working with all stakeholders, using this and other alternatives in the work Seattle does on housing affordability."
The City of Seattle and Washington State have resources to help homeowners avoid default and work out repayment plans in order to stay in their homes, or gain enough time to sell their homes on their own terms: http://www.seattle.gov/housing/buying/ForeclosurePrevention.htm and http://www.commerce.wa.gov/Programs/housing/Foreclosure/Pages/default.aspx/