Housing Counseling: “It works!”
The people at HPF spend a considerable amount of time talking. While the professional, compassionate counselors at our Homeowner’s HOPE Hotline (888-995-HOPE) are talking every day with distressed homeowners eager to find solutions to their mortgage challenges, the people behind the scenes here are out talking with leaders in the housing sector and within government agencies who are eager to help bring this national foreclosure crisis to an end.
Regardless of who we are talking to, however, one of our core messages remains the same and that is, simply, that housing counseling produces results; after undergoing counseling, more homeowners are able to save their homes, avoid foreclosure, understand their finances, and regain financial stability.
In the last year or two, there has been a great deal of compelling research from HUD, Harvard University, The Urban Institute, and other reputable sources that easily make that case. HPF probably has a filing cabinet’s worth of data, stats, and research at this point that indicates the myriad ways in which housing counseling is a good use of time, effort, and resources for homeowners, their lenders, housing sector investors, the government, local communities, and the economy.
That said, this story by Lew Sichelman, a syndicated columnist who has been covering housing and real estate for decades, does a superb job of hitting some of the highlights. If you’re wondering whether housing counseling can help you with your mortgage challenges, I strongly encourage you to read Mr. Sichelman’s article and then to call our HUD-approved counselors at 888-995-HOPE (4673). Housing counseling can help. There’s no reason to try to tackle your financial crisis alone. Let our counselors work with you to find the best possible solution for you and your situation.