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Longtime mortgage professional Laurie C. entered the fast-paced business because she “likes helping people.”

Now, Laurie – who has enjoyed a 20-year career in the home lending industry but has endured three recessions along the way – is getting a helping hand from Keep Your Home California.

Like many homeowners in California, Laurie has become a casualty of the dismal economy and the hard-hit housing market. She has been “in and out of work” for the past five years, as the housing market struggles through one of its worst downturns.

She was most recently laid off July 1, and soon after applied for Keep Your Home California’s Unemployment Mortgage Assistance Program. The state-run program helps out-of-work homeowners with their payments, up to a maximum of $3,000 per month for six months.

“I tried to do a modification … but they gave me the runaround for a year,” Laurie says. The Keep Your Home Program was different. “They had me qualified and eligible in 10 days.”

The mortgage servicer, which must participate in the program, approved the payment plan for Laurie a week later.

Keep Your Home California – established with $2 billion in federal funds through the U.S. Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund® – started making her monthly $750 mortgage payment in September, and will continue through February, Laurie says.

“I don’t know what I’d be doing” without the mortgage assistance, says Laurie, who lives in a condominium in Roseville, about 20 miles northeast of Sacramento. “I totally believe in this program.”

Laurie often educates other financially strapped homeowners about the Keep Your Home California and how the program has helped her save her home.

“I’m out there selling it,” Laurie says. “I’m a true believer that things happen for a reason.”

 

 

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When a big bank closed a major service center, it created a huge problem for Edith G.

But the five-year employee and single mother turned the challenge into a major opportunity, thanks to Keep Your Home California and the state Employment Development Department.

Edith was laid off from the now-closed service center in October. She soon applied for jobless benefits – and Keep Your Home California’s Unemployment Mortgage Assistance program, which provides as much as $3,000 per month for up to one year.

Edith, who was referred by a friend, submitted her documents a few weeks after she was approved for unemployment benefits, a requirement for the Unemployment Mortgage Assistance Program.

“The instructions are very clear, very easy,” she says. “I gave them everything that they needed.”
She was approved within a few weeks.
“I was so happy, I cried,” she says.

Now, her monthly mortgage is covered and she can focus on her education — and entering a new profession. The Employment Development Department is covering most of her costs to attend a local college and get the education needed for a state position.

“It gives me a chance to attend school, to study,” says Edith, who wants to be an accounts technician for the state. The EDD-Keep Your Home California combo has “made my life easier, better.”

And, like many homeowners who have been helped with the program, she educates others about Keep Your Home California. In fact, she posts details about the program on a Facebook page for former employees at the service center.

Several former employees have applied and been approved for Keep Your Home California, including two co-workers who also are attending college with Edith to expand their skills and hopefully get hired by the state.

“I said ‘this program is real, I’m one of the beneficiaries,’ ” she says of her Facebook post. “I got more than 50 Likes.”

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During the past dozen years, Frank H. has battled cancer, diabetes that caused him to lose his foot, the death of his parents and his longtime employer closed the plant where he worked and moved operations to Mexico.

Despite the challenges and difficulties, Frank feels blessed when he thinks of his family and friends, especially a housing counselor who introduced him to Keep Your Home California. He is also evidence that good things often happen to those who help others.

“I have a large family, and they’ve always been a big help,” says Frank, who often watches his nephews and nieces – and sometimes even their children — at his Fresno home. “My sister and brother often come over and bring me dinner.”

But he almost lost his home several months ago.

Frank was a manager of a door manufacturing company in Fresno when he lost his foot to diabetes in 2001, but he kept working. Several years later, the company closed the local plant and moved to Mexico, leaving Frank – and many others — without work. Then, he was diagnosed with cancer that required chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Frank was approved for disability and still had health coverage because he paid $600 per month through his former employer. But even with health coverage, his medical bills were too much and prompted him to look at refinancing, a possible fix to his financial hardship.

“I tried to refinance, but they weren’t willing to restructure the loan,” says Frank, adding that he had multiple mortgage servicers during one year.

And as his mortgage servicers kept changing – making refinancing impossible – his medical bills kept arriving in the mail.

“My house was underwater, I just couldn’t make it,” Frank says. “I got behind on all of my bills. I had to choose every month what bills to pay.”

Frank had a longtime friend help him with some of his bills. And a chance meeting helped him lower his mortgage principal.

He was completing more refinance applications when he volunteered to help the needy in Fresno. His good deed led to good fortune, meeting housing counselor Elba Morales who had a booth at the event to help financially strapped homeowners. Morales was at the event on behalf of the Fresno Housing Authority, a HUD-approved housing counseling agency that partners with Keep Your Home California to help homeowners apply for the free program.

A few months later, Morales was digging through her documents looking for homeowners who could get help from Keep Your Home California and she remembered Frank.

“She went through the files in her closet to see who would be a good candidate” for the mortgage-assistance program, says Frank. “She knew that I was going through a rough time. She told me exactly what I needed to do. She took my hand, step by step.”

Frank applied for the Principal Reduction Program, which offers as much as $100,000 to homeowners, in late November. He was approved for the program two months later, and his principal was reduced by $47,000.

“Just taking that chunk off the principal, that’s a real Godsend,” says Frank, whose monthly mortgage payment dropped from $926 to $624.”It’s a lot of help to me, it’s a lifesaver.”

And that’s saying a lot for the cancer survivor who continues to deal with numerous health issues.

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Unemployment program helped husband and wife after they were both laid off with newborn.

It’s a story that is heartbreaking for any family.

Brayton W. and his wife decided to buy their dream home in Riverside during 2009. Two years later, they welcomed a new little girl into the world.

After working at a hotel for more than four years, the company decided to downsize and, as a result, Brayton was laid off.

The family turned to their savings to pay the bills and mortgage. Brayton worried about what would happen after the money was gone from the savings account.

“That’s the last thing you want to do is move from house-to-house when you have a newborn,” Brayton says.
A couple months later, Brayton’s wife, a school nurse for a local school district, was also laid off.

Fortunately, Brayton found out about the Keep Your Home California program through an unemployment workshop.

“I spoke to a counselor and went through the process of applying for the unemployment assistance program,” Brayton says. “It was a blessing for the next nine months. I wouldn’t have to worry about my house payment while I looked for a job.”

The Unemployment Mortgage Assistance Program offers as much as $3,000 per month for up to 12 months for out-of-work homeowners. Qualifying homeowners must have received unemployment benefits from the state Employment Development Department within the past thirty days, at the time of their Keep Your Home California application.

He says it was the best feeling to know that his family could stay in their dream house.

“We didn’t really want to give up the house. It meant the world to my wife and me,” Brayton says. “To know there was a program to help you.”

He wants others to know the process is straightforward and the program can help tremendously.

Karen-K

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.”

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Don't worry, other programs are available.

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

  • Load Modification
  • Refinance
  • Short sale assistance
  • Deed in lieu help

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2) Your Mortgage Servicer

  • Forbearance
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  • Short sale
  • Cash for keys

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