Tell Congress: Restore Housing Counseling to Keep People in Their Homes!
  • Petitioned U.S. House of Representatives

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Tell Congress: Restore Housing Counseling to Keep People in Their Homes!

    1. National Community Reinvestment Coalition
    2. Petition by

      National Community Reinvestment Coalition

      Washington, DC

With estimates showing a shadow inventory that numbers in the millions, it’s clear that the foreclosure crisis is not done wreaking havoc on the housing market. It seems that the ideal outcome for families, communities, and investors alike would include avoiding as many foreclosures as possible and keeping homes occupied. A number of strategies have been deployed in support of this goal, some more effective than others. One thread is common among the diverse array of approaches: the importance of HUD-certified housing counselors, who were hit with a major funding cut in the FY 2011 budget.

Please take action this week to help get this funding restored for the 2012 budget.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Let's Keep Up the Momentum!

      Strong support & interest in restoring funding evidenced last week by more than 160 individuals from Hill staffers, industry experts, gov't reps & private industries showed up to standing-room-only Hill briefing on Impact of Hsng Counseling Programs.

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures
    4. Seniors Need Housing Counselors to Stay in their Homes

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      35% of America's seniors carried a mortgage in 2009, compared to 24% in 1999. More than 40% of seniors live more than 200% below poverty level, according to the National Council on Aging.

    5. Can we get to 1,500 by the end of today?

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      Let's keep the momentum going. Share this petition with friends and family members impacted by the housing crisis. We cannot allow Congress to eliminate one of the few remaining programs aimed at helping homeowners (and not banks).

    6. Foreclosure Prevention Group Jeopardized By Funding Cuts

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      "[Funding] cuts from the state and the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development mean many organizations can't give the support they once did."

    7. Our goal is within reach! Spread the word!

      Keep up the fight for restoring housing counseling funds! Comments are fantastic! Please take a few minutes to check them out and spread the word among your local networks.

    8. Reached 1 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Sharyn Grayson LATHROP, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Given the magnitude of the potential benefits for the banking industry...the consumer (seriously) needs to have a reliable resource for information, education, and advocacy as they face the devasting possibilities of foreclosure.

    • Rodney Parham PORTLAND, OR
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because not having a home is one of the worst things in the world.

    • Kristiane Chappell VALLEY CENTER, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      We have similar issues with my mother, she is now on a fixed income due to disability and her lender is refusing to work with us for programs to keep her in her home. Banks have the option to do the right thing, they choose not to. Good luck to you.

    • Winston Steward LONG BEACH, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      It's very important that people going through this terrible time have a friendly advocate, an informed person to talk to, and share available options.

    • Bill Atkinson DECATUR, GA
      • about 3 years ago

      I am signing ecause housing counselors maintain a crucial position of interfacing with distraught clients who need help in understanding and complying with 'unfamiliar foreclosures policies and practices.' Housing Counselors are the ambassadors of this foreclosure scourge as it impacts on home owners!!


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