Single mother turns to Keep Your Home California after being laid off
Plummeting crude oil prices hurt many oil companies in the Bakersfield region.
Unfortunately, Danielle B. is one of those employees who worked for an oil company. She says her company started laying off workers earlier rather than later.
“I didn’t know what I was going to do after I lost my job,” Danielle says.
Danielle was let go in fall 2014 and was told her position would be eliminated since the company was downsizing. She was a special projects coordinator, which looked over invoicing and auditing.
Danielle is a single mother who does it all. She has two children – an 18-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son. Both grew up in the home they live in today. It’s also the first home Danielle ever owned.
“Our next-door neighbors have children the same age and they all went to school together,” Danielle says. “They are like family.”
A Keep Your Home California flyer that she received in the mail is how she found out about the Unemployment Mortgage Assistance program. The Employment Development Department has mailed more than 1.5 million of the Keep Your Home California flyers to homeowners in California during the past two years.
The free mortgage-assistance program offers homeowners who have received unemployment benefits within the past 30 days from the Employment Development Department as much as $3,000 per month, for a maximum of 18 months.
Danielle says she’s extremely blessed.
“My house means everything to me,” she says.
After she received the approval letter from Keep Your Home California, she says the weight was lifted off of her shoulders.
“When the parents are stressed, the kids are, too,” Danielle says. “I was able to focus on trying to find a job without worrying how I was going to pay for my mortgage.”
Danielle wants others to know that everybody from Keep Your Home California has been helpful and nice throughout the process.
“The worst answer you could get is ‘no,’ so definitely give it a try,” Danielle says. “Don’t be afraid to apply for the program. A lot of people have pride and don’t want to ask for help, but they should.”
Danielle is ecstatic that her kids will be able to stay in their first home and her daughter will graduate from the same high school.