""HOPE LoanPort"":http://www.hopeloanportal.org, a Web-based tool developed by ""HOPE NOW"":http://www.hopenow.com that streamlines loan modification applications on behalf of homeowners at-risk of foreclosure, and the ""National Fair Housing Alliance"":http://www.nationalfairhousing.org (NFHA) will collaborate to promote fair housing for borrowers facing foreclosure.
[IMAGE] Through training and outreach focused on ending discrimination, the organizations hope to preserve homeownership in under-served communities.
""This partnership is a natural fit as both of our organizations are dedicated to helping homeowners keep their homes and helping our neighborhoods stay strong and viable,"" said Shanna L. Smith, NFHA president and CEO.
""Fair housing organizations and housing counselors are often the first responders assisting troubled borrowers and can help provide much needed information regarding fair[COLUMN_BREAK]
housing issues to borrowers as they navigate the loan modification process,"" Smith continued. ""The partnership will affirmatively further fair housing and particularly benefit borrowers and communities of color that have been disproportionately impacted by the foreclosure crisis.""
The NFHA will provide fair housing training to nearly 500 HUD-certified counseling agencies and 15 mortgage servicers in HOPE LoanPort's network.
""HOPE LoanPort is committed to the National Fair Housing Alliance in its effort to promote fair housing,"" said Larry Gilmore, president and CEO of HOPE LoanPort. ""We acknowledge the desperate need for fair housing education and outreach as it relates to housing and lending markets.""
Gilmore added, ""The housing counseling professionals and loan servicers in our network will clearly benefit from the outreach, training, and educational opportunities that a partnership with NFHA can offer. This, in turn, will benefit the homeowners nationwide that are seeking assistance with their mortgages.""
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the NFHA is a consortium of more than 220 private, non-profit fair housing organizations, state and local civil rights agencies, and individuals from throughout the United States.
HOPE LoanPort currently works with 15 major mortgage servicers and more than 1,800 housing counselors from 480 organizations in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to assist struggling homeowners.