WAMU 88.5 : News

Additional Aid for Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

Play associated audio

Homeowners facing foreclosure in our area may soon have more resources in place to help them save their home.

The Capital Area Foreclosure Network plans to set up a fund to support counseling agencies overwhelmed by foreclosure clients. The group, led by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, is calling for additional counseling programs and funding to expand those already in operation.

Chuck Bean is the executive director of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington. He says more than 148,000 mortgages in the region were delinquent or in foreclosure at the end of last year.

"There are about 130 nonprofit housing counselors in the region. It's just not enough people. They're just swamped with demand," Bean says.

Walda Yon, a counselor with the Latino Economic Development corporation, says there aren't enough counselors in her office to help the rising number of families requesting appointments.

"If they cannot get an appointment with a housing counselor, they are an easy target for scams out there that offer an amount of money to keep their home because they are desperate and are trying to get assistance as soon as possible."

Nearly 20,000 homeowners sought foreclosure prevention counseling from agencies in the D.C. metropolitan area last year.

NPR

'It's A Surviving Tool': 'Native' Tells Satirical Stories Of Life In Israel

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to author Sayed Kashua, an Israeli-Palestinian whose satirical weekly columns in Haaretz newspaper are collected in his new book called Native.
NPR

What The Heck Is Natural Wine? Here's A Taste

Natural wines can be off-putting at first: perhaps darker than usual, a little fizzy or cloudy. Some find them charming, others unsophisticated. Here's a guide to this trending, quirky style of wine.
NPR

Jim Gilmore, Who Was Campaigning For President, Isn't Anymore

He had the resume — swing-state governor, veteran, ex-party leader — but there's a good chance you had no idea he was running. Judging by vote totals, Iowa and New Hampshire may have missed it too.
NPR

Colonialism Comment Puts Facebook Under Scrutiny

A Facebook board member lambasted a decision by regulators in India, the social network's second-largest market. He thereby sparked new scrutiny of Facebook's intentions in that country.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.