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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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Daughter finds free program to help her parents with the mortgage

Homeowner Iris O. had a difficult – and different – situation.

She bought a house with her parents in Sanger, California. But when she became engaged, she moved out of the house. Then, her father lost his longtime job.

Iris was helping her father with the unemployment process when she learned about Keep Your Home California from the state Employment Development Department website.

“I was like, ‘Really, they will pay for that?’” she says of her mortgage. “Is there really a program that exists?”

The free mortgage assistance program will pay as much as $3,000 per month for up to 12 months for homeowners who are collecting jobless benefits from the EDD.

“I had to provide a lot of information,” says Iris, including bills – such as her utility payments – to prove where she currently lives. “It was time-consuming, but it’s worth it.  Once I responded, it was an easy process.  They were really helpful and willing to work with me.”

A few weeks after applying, Iris and her parents were approved for the state-funded program in March.

“They were very excited” when they were approved for the program, Iris says of her parents. “It eases the stress of making the mortgage payment. But it’s only a short-term solution, we’re still upside down.”

So, Iris will consider applying for a second program through Keep Your Home California, for a more sustainable solution to her family’s mortgage struggles.

In the meantime, the monthly mortgage payment is covered and her father, a longtime farm laborer, has one less worry.

“Now, he has more time to look for a job,” Iris said.

Testimonials

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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Retired teacher Alpha R. got a firsthand lesson on the sometimes fast-paced foreclosure process – and the home-saving help from Keep Your Home California.

When Alpha got behind on her mortgage payments and received a foreclosure notice from her mortgage servicer in early 2012, she needed quick action to save her home in Yucca Valley in the High Desert of Southern California.

“I bugged everybody; I even called my Congressman’s office,” says Alpha, who was raised in New York City but has also lived in Atlanta, Tucson, and Virginia.

Then, she came across a housing counseling agency that made her aware of Keep Your Home California. She quickly completed the documents in hopes of stopping the foreclosure.

“I was scrambling to put the paperwork together,” says Alpha, who was playing beat the clock with the mortgage servicer. “There was literally a man outside my gate one day (looking to purchase the property).”

She applied for Keep Your Home California’s Mortgage Reinstatement Assistance Program, which offers as much as $25,000 to help hard-hit homeowners catch up on their payments. Alpha received $20,000 from the state-run program, enough money to get her back on track.

“It was tough, but it was doable,” Alpha says of the paperwork needed for the program. “Keep Your Home California was very smooth, very efficient.”

Now, Alpha can focus on a new project. She has opened a healing facility that encourages others to eat healthier and meditate.

“This is my purpose,” says the retired public school teacher for emotionally challenged students. “I still have things to do up here.”

With financial assistance from Keep Your Home California program, Alpha can turn her attention toward helping others.

“It was the best program I’ve ever run into,” says Alpha, who tells friends about the free, federally funded program. “There is something positive out there. You don’t have to give up.”

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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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