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Fannie’s New Mortgage Help Center Combats Foreclosure in Phoenix

Counseling and foreclosure prevention services are now available for free to struggling homeowners with Fannie Mae loans in Phoenix. Fannie Mae's fifth facility in a series of nationwide help centers, the Phoenix Mortgage Help Center allows borrowers to meet with on-site English- and Spanish-speaking staff and experienced housing counselors to discuss their mortgage situations.

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Fannie Help Center Provides Free Foreclosure Counseling in Los Angeles

Fannie Mae announced the opening of a new mortgage help center in Culver City, California, this week to provide counseling and other services for struggling homeowners in the greater metro area with loans owned by the GSE. The fourth facility in a series of nationwide mortgage help centers, the Greater Los Angeles Mortgage Help Center is a joint partnership between Fannie Mae and West Angeles Community Development Corporation, major mortgage servicers, and civic and community leaders.

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Nonprofit Group Reports Jump in Calls from Distressed Homeowners

The Homeownership Preservation Foundation says calls coming into its hotline from distressed homeowners hoping to stave off foreclosure increased 7.4 percent in the third quarter of this year compared to the previous quarter. HPF administers the Homeowner's HOPE Hotline to provide consumers with foreclosure prevention counseling. The nonprofit received 412,353 calls during the third quarter. The largest call volumes came from the states of California and Florida.

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Foundation Hotline Offers Help Against Foreclosure Scams

The Homeownership Preservation Foundation has partnered with NeighborWorks America, HUD, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to help prevent foreclosure-rescue scams. The coalition is positioning the Homeowner's HOPE Hotline (1-888-995-HOPE) as a central point of contact for homeowners who think they may be victim of a scam. Information provided to the hotline is used by local, state, and federal agencies to shut down predatory companies victimizing distressed homeowners.

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Report: 134,000 NY Homeowners Receive Pre-Foreclosure Notices

According to the New York State Banking Department, more than 76,000 New York homeowners have received 90-day pre-foreclosure notices since May 31, and a total of 134,000 pre-foreclosure notices have been sent to those who have fallen behind on mortgage payments since data collection began in February. The banking department says it is working with 10 non-profit housing counseling agencies throughout the state, which use the data to target their services to those homeowners most at-risk.

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HUD to Roll Out Emergency Loan Program for Unemployed by Year-End

To help counter the effects of the still-deteriorating job market on the housing industry, the Dodd-Frank Reform Act provided $1 billion to HUD to implement the Emergency Homeowners Loan Program. The initiative provides eligible borrowers in 32 states and Puerto Rico with a ""bridge loan"" to continue making their mortgage payments for up to 24 months. HUD expects to begin taking applications from borrowers for assistance by the end of the year.

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JPMorgan to Hire Hundreds in Michigan and Ohio

JPMorgan announced it will hire as many as 175 full-time employees in its Cleveland, Michigan mortgage operation center and as many as 125 in its Columbus, Ohio center by year-end, thanks to a successful summer in its mortgage sector. The company reported a net income of nearly $5 billion for the second quarter of 2010, which was up from both Q1 2010 and Q2 2009.

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Two NYC Groups Receive Funds to Offer Counseling to Homeowners

The New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal on Wednesday awarded $848,384 to the Center for New York City Neighborhoods (CNYCN) and the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Office of Financial Empowerment (DCA's OFE). The money has been allotted to provide free financial counseling and to expand CNYCN's call center operations for at risk homeowners, which takes calls from New York City's general information line.

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NeighborWorks CEO Leaves to Join Bank of America

The head of one of the nation's largest nonprofit housing and foreclosure counseling organizations is leaving his post for a job in the private sector. Kenneth Wade, CEO of NeighborWorks America, has announced his plan to resign at the end of the calendar year after six years at the organization's helm. Beginning in January, Wade will join the nation's largest mortgage lender, Bank of America, as senior community affairs executive, where he will be responsible for furthering BofA's relationships with key organizations in community development, neighborhood stabilization, and consumer policy.

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HUD to Provide $5.1 Million in Grants for Housing Counseling Training

HUD has announced the availability of more than $5.1 million in grants for housing counseling training. HUD plans to fund eligible organizations to deliver full-spectrum training as part of the Obama administration's efforts to provide housing counseling to the nation's homeowners, buyers, and renters. The agency says right now, these counseling programs are critical to helping thousands of families avoid foreclosure, and it has increased the funding for such services by 36 percent in this year's HUD budget.

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