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Southern California homeowners Richard and Cynthia C. applied for a federal program seeking financial help for their mortgage payments last spring.

But the couple were denied because their combined income failed to meet minimum income requirements. They were devastated.

“We thought ‘what are we going to do?’” says Richard, who was laid off from his job in March 2010. His wife had also recently lost her job with a temporary agency.

Then, the Claremont couple came across Keep Your Home California while watching the local PBS station. But they were skeptical. An aunt had spent thousands of dollars for mortgage assistance with little success.

“For every good program, there are 10 bad programs” claiming to help homeowners with mortgage payments, Cynthia says.

“We started checking it out, and found that it was on the up and up,” Richard says of the state-run program with $2 billion in federal funding.

A brief phone call, followed by a longer counseling session and then the gathering and sending of documents paved the way for the Unemployment Mortgage Assistance program – and some security for the couple. Keep Your Home California covers their mortgage payments for six months, and now up to nine months with new expanded eligibility requirements

“Thank God,” says Richard, who adds from the first phone call to final approval took about four weeks. “It’s hard for us to find a job. It’s just been so difficult. It’s been a godsend.”

Now, Cynthia and Richard, who have a daughter attending college, tell family members and friends about Keep Your home California. ‘We’re mentioning the program all of the time,” she says.

They want other hard-hit homeowners to apply for and take advantage of the program that offers the opportunity to look for work without worrying about mortgage payments.

“It gives you peace of mind,” Richard says of Keep Your Home California. “This uplifted us.”

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Unemployment Mortgage Assistance program helps Al save his home – and his dream

Soon after Al R. bought his dream house, he lost his great-paying job.

Like many homeowners in recent years, the American Dream had become a real-life nightmare – and an everyday struggle.

Al and his family made a few mortgage payments and then got behind. Then, he came across a mailer about Keep Your Home California, the free mortgage-assistance program that has helped more than 30,000 homeowners since February 2011.

“We thought it was too good to be true,” says Al, who applied twice for the program. “There was some serious nail-biting whether we were going to keep our home. One of our biggest fears was that the program would end before we were approved.”

The program will not end anytime soon. Keep Your Home California received almost $2 billion from the federal government, so there are quite a few dollars still available for financially strapped homeowners.

Al was approved for the Unemployment Mortgage Assistance Program, which offers as much as $3,000 per month for up to 12 months. Homeowners who meet the program income limits and are also collecting jobless benefits from the Employment Development Department, are eligible for the program.

“It really works; it’s what we needed,” says Al, who lives in the Sacramento region. “We’re so grateful.”

Now, he talks about the program when he comes across homeowners struggling with their mortgage payments.

“We can’t be more appreciative or more supportive of the program,” says Al, whose daughter also benefited from the Unemployment Mortgage Assistance program in recent months.

Now, Al is back to work and making his mortgage payments on his own.

“The bottom line is that we got it, and it saved our home,” he says. “And we love our house, it’s our dream house.”

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‘My home is my anchor,’ says homeowner who benefited from Mortgage Reinstatement Assistance Program

Homeowner Eleanor E. becomes emotional when she talks about Keep Your Home California.

“I’m here, I’ve got my home … and I was so close to losing it, says Eleanor, a hardworking grandmother who has lived in her Southern California home for the past 13 years.

But, like many Californians during the past several years, Eleanor lost her job, had a hard time finding work and got behind on her monthly mortgage payments.

“Early 2013 was awful; it was horrendous,” says Eleanor, whose mother died during the first few months of last year. “Problems don’t discriminate.”

In fact, Eleanor was close to filing for bankruptcy protection when she found a good job.

But even with her new job, there was still another financial hurdle – more than $20,000 in missed mortgage payments. Eleanor faced the reality of losing her home.

“I just kept getting further behind, I was devastated,” says Eleanor, whose daughter and two grandchildren live with her.

Then, she was told about Keep Your Home California’s Mortgage Reinstatement Assistance Program. The program offers as much as $25,000 to help homeowners like Eleanor to “catch up” on their mortgage payments.

“It didn’t take very long, maybe six weeks from start to finish” to be approved for the program, says Eleanor, who connected personally with the counseling center representative. “I felt like I had a friend who helped with my paperwork. I was in tears when she called. I think she was crying because I was crying.”

The house means a lot to Eleanor and her family.

“My home is my anchor,” says Eleanor, who has a 7-year-old autistic grandson.  “It’s so important for my grandson to have stability, come home to the same place. It would have been devastating (to lose the home).”

Now, the family gets to keep the home thanks to Keep Your Home California, a program that Eleanor shares with family and friends. In fact, she carries the phone number to the program in her wallet.

“It’s a Godsend, a miracle,” she says of the program. “I’m here, I’ve got my home, and I was so close to losing it.”

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Keep Your Home California delivers for former postal service employee, eliminating $100,000 from her mortgage

Homeowner Deidra L. admits she was a big skeptic of Keep Your Home California, a free mortgage-assistance program that offers as much as $100,000 in principal reduction.

When a close friend encouraged her to apply for the federally funded program, Deidra, like many other homeowners, avoided making the call. She thought it sounded too good to be true.

Keep Your Home California assists financially strapped homeowners with their mortgage payments. Deidra, who moved to Elk Grove from San Francisco about eight years ago, was facing the real possibility of losing her home.

She had applied for other mortgage-assistance programs which didn’t pan out. And the first time she applied for Keep Your Home California, her mortgage servicer was not enrolled in the program.

But when she tried again, after the urging of the friend, Chase was participating in the program – and Deidra was approved for $100,000 in principal reduction.

“Keep Your Home California was totally different, it was very personal,” says Deidra, comparing the state-managed program with other mortgage efforts. “The process was very user-friendly. And you’re not passed over to people who don’t know about your situation. That’s very comforting to me.”

Deidra, who retired early with a severe disability from the U.S. Postal Service, was approved for the maximum in principal reduction in about 30 days.

“It was like a dream come true,” Deidra says of the application process and the program. “They want you to keep your home.”

So, after some phone calls and sending in her paperwork, a one-time skeptic became a big-time fan of Keep Your Home California.

“I cannot express it in words, it brought tears to my eyes,” says Deidra, whose monthly mortgage has been reduced by a few hundred dollars as part of the program “It was such a relief. I was sitting there in tears; I was prepared to lose my home. I’m keeping my home California.”

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Homeowner Candy W. says persistence pays off.

The Sacramento-area resident applied for Keep Your Home California in July 2012, but she didn’t qualify at that time.

Several months later, she was approved for a hefty principal reduction by the state-managed program that lowers her monthly mortgage payments by hundreds of dollars.

“It’s all about documentation,” says Candy, who bought her home eight years ago at the peak of the housing market. “You have to be persistent.”

Candy had looked into other programs; she had been approved for two loan modifications, which lowered her interest rate from 5.75% to about 4.75% — but those saved her only $30 per month.

She needed more help.

As a state employee, Candy had lost a significant amount of income from furloughs and through a divorce. So, when she heard about Keep Your Home California on Sacramento TV station KCRA and a local radio station, she decided to apply and see if the state mortgage-assistance program was an option.

“It was a shot in the dark,” says Candy, who admits she was stressed about her mortgage. “But I was hopeful that something would come along.”

She says the process was rather simple, but adds that homeowners need to complete the paperwork as soon as possible and be an active participant in the process.

“Everything just has to be documented,” she says. “It’s just about following along with your processor.”

Now, she tells coworkers and friends about Keep Your Home California.

“It’s pretty encouraging,” says Candy, who has detailed the program to at least 10 coworkers during the past several months. “This is a major help.”

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Although you do not qualify for a Keep Your Home California program, your mortgage Servicer or housing counselor from a HUD-approved agency may have other options that are available to you. These options include:

1) Federal Mortgage Relief

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