10 months, 2 weeks ago by Brent Engel
NECAC works one-on-one with people facing foreclosure
The not-for-profit North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) is stepping up its efforts to help people avoid foreclosure on their homes.
Foreclosure rates have dropped nationally in the last two years, but remain a problem in many areas.
“Many people are just a missed paycheck away from losing their homes,” said NECAC Homeownership Programs Director Debbie Smith, who has 15 years of experience as a real estate agent. “NECAC can step in and help most clients before a foreclosure is finalized.”
Last year, NECAC was awarded a $34,920 National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling program grant and $10,400 in funding from the Making Home Affordable program, both through NeighborWorks America.
NeighborWorks is a national leader in affordable housing and community-focused programs and services that are delivered through non-profit organizations. NECAC has been a NeighborWorks partner since 2004.
NECAC works one-on-one with people facing foreclosure. The agency negotiates with mortgage servers on behalf of clients. The program isn’t for everyone, and NECAC can’t help in every circumstance. However, the agency has a success rate of more than 70 percent in keeping people in their homes.
More than 1.5 million families have been helped by the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling program, and NeighborWorks estimated 193,000 families would receive assistance last year. The money pays for counseling that helps families through the process.
A study by the Urban Institute showed that homeowners who receive counseling through the program were almost twice as likely to obtain a mortgage modification and two-thirds were more likely to remain current on the mortgages.
The Making Home Affordable program began in 2009 and has helped more than one million families nationwide. The program helps clients with second liens and “underwater” mortgages. It also deals with those seeking a short sale or deed-in-lieu-of-foreclosure.
There are no income guidelines for the programs. People who are interested should call Smith at 573-324-6622. Applications also are available at the following NECAC County Service Centers: