Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

 

NEWS
   
For Immediate Release:    
December 2, 2010    
     

Governor Quinn’s Mortgage Relief Project

Heading to Truman College in Chicago

Homeowners concerned about recent news highlighting deficiencies
in foreclosure process are urged to attend the December 11th event

CHICAGO – In an effort to stem the high number of foreclosures in Chicago and Cook County, Governor Quinn’s Mortgage Relief Project on December 11th will be visiting Truman College on Chicago’s North Side to help area homeowners take advantage of programs that can help them stay in their homes. The last seven events helped nearly 2,000 families who sought state assistance to prevent foreclosure.
The Truman College event is being co-hosted by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-9), State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago), State Representative Greg Harris (D-Chicago), and State Representative Harry Osterman (D- Chicago). It will be the 17th stop in a statewide tour that began in 2009.

The Mortgage Relief Project offers property owners free on-site assistance to rework their mortgages and prevent foreclosure. Homeowners who have recently fallen behind on their mortgage payments can obtain a 90-day grace period by entering housing counseling, according to the Homeowner Protection Act, a law enacted in 2009 by Governor Quinn. The Act requires that all lenders and loan servicers notify homeowners who are at least 30 days late on their mortgage payments that they have 30 days to seek housing counseling to get their loan back on track. If a homeowner enters housing counseling, they get an additional 30-day grace period on foreclosure in order to work out a payment plan or refinance option.

Mortgage Relief Project outreach events are administered jointly by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) and the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA).

Recent media reports have highlighted deficiencies in the foreclosure procedures of many lenders. IDFPR, along with several other states, has been looking into these reported problems. In the wake of the heightened scrutiny, many lenders and loan servicing companies will be in attendance at the Truman College Mortgage Relief Project outreach event. Concerned homeowners, who may already be in foreclosure, are encouraged to attend to learn the latest information from their lender, as well as the state’s efforts to help  Illinois homeowners keep their homes or, at least, to ensure that they are being treated fairly.

The event will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson, (in the College Cafeteria) in Chicago. The free workshops will offer helpful advice about mortgage refinancing, foreclosure prevention, legal rights, credit counseling and avoiding scam artists. Homeowners can also obtain private, one-on-one housing counseling with HUD-certified counselors and are encouraged to bring their latest mortgage documents (bills, statements, notices, etc.), two most recent paystubs, and their state ID or driver’s license.

For more information or to receive immediate assistance in advance of the December 11th event, please call IDFPR’s toll-free consumer hotline (800) 532-8785 or visit www.idfpr.com or www.ihda.org.  A list of HUD-approved housing counseling agencies in Illinois can be found at www.hud.gov.

(Editor’s Note: IDFPR Secretary Brent E. Adams and IHDA Executive Director Gloria L. Materre are available for pre-event interviews to discuss Mortgage Relief Project goals and benefits in advance of the December 11th event. Please call Louis Pukelis at (312) 814-0778 to schedule an interview.)