Volunteer who helps others achieve the American Dream turns to state program to keep her own home.
Karen K. has a unique story.
She’s been a volunteer for more than 10 years with Habitat for Humanity, and helped build homes while she worked full-time at a marketing research company.
“I view homeownership as important,” Karen says. “I want to give back and help others who want to own their own home.”
Karen never thought she would be the one reaching out for help. After working in the greater Los Angeles area for more than 20 years, her position was eliminated.
She heard about the Keep Your Home California program through a financial strategies class offered through her career counseling service. She visited the Keep Your Home California website, but didn’t think she would qualify for the free mortgage-assistance program.
A few months passed, and her career coach encouraged her to look into the program one more time and asked, “Did you talk to a live person?”
Karen said, “No.” So, the single homeowner called the toll-free Keep Your Home California phone number and, to her surprise, she qualified for the Unemployment Mortgage Assistance program.
Thanks to the program, Karen is still living in the condo she bought 12 years ago.
“Instead of eating away at my savings, the program helped me financially,” Karen says. “It was a blessing.”
She wants to encourage others to apply for the state-managed program.
“It gives people a peace of mind and its one less thing you have to worry about so you can focus on your job search,” she says.
Although Karen is still searching for a full-time position, she’s hoping to stay in the LA area.
“It was really easy to apply. Homeowners should definitely give it a shot and talk to a person to take you through the process,” says Karen, who continues to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.
“I’m a huge volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, and if a program can help me save my home, I want to do the same for someone else.”