Federal report: Florida lags in disbursing foreclosure aid

Federal report: Florida lags in disbursing foreclosure aid

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A new report by federal investigators says Florida has consistently underperformed other states in using federal mortgage assistance money to help desperate homeowners facing foreclosure.

According to the report released this week, the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program says that of the 18 states participating in the Treasury Department's Hardest Hit Fund, Florida has the lowest rate of approving homeowners for assistance, one of the highest rates of denying assistance and is slow with processing applications.

Multiple media outlets report that the special inspector's office criticized the Treasury Department for failing to set spending targets that would have forced Florida to deliver assistance earlier on in the economic downturn.

The Treasury Department says the program has made progress in recent years.

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