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Mortgage Relief Project
  Governor Quinn has established the Mortgage Relief Project to help you take advantage of new government programs that can help you lower your mortgage payments, avoid foreclosure and keep your home.

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Governor Quinn's Mortgage Relief Project Helps
Illinois Homeowners


Mortgage Relief Project
Calendar of Upcoming Events (as of 01/22/14)

Host & Location Date/Time**

Senator McGuire
Joliet West High School
401 N Larking Ave
Joliet, IL

October 25, 2014
9a.m. – 1p.m.

Senator Mulroe
Wright College
4300 N Narragansett Ave
Chicago, IL

November 22, 2014
9a.m. – 1p.m.

Dundee Crown High School
1500 Kings Road
Carpentersville, IL

December 6, 2014
9a.m. – 1p.m.


Mortgage Relief Project Testimonials

  • “I’m very positive about the Mortgage Relief Project. The program helped me receive a loan modification from my lender.”
    --Mr. M.H., Chicago’s Far Northwest Suburbs (Lake County)

  • “The Mortgage Relief Project made a big difference for me. My lender would not work with me before I attended the event.”
    --Mr. M.W, Southwestern Illinois (Metro East Area)

  • “I received outstanding customer service (at the outreach event). The housing counselor was attentive to my details. She made me feel as if help is on the way.”
    --Mr. C.S., Chicago’s South Suburbs

  • “The housing counselor was very helpful to me in reviewing my materials. Staff members were open and friendly and the program was very informative.”
    --Ms. H.V., Central Illinois

  • I received confirmation that what I am doing the correct thing to do (to prevent foreclosure).”
    --Anonymous, Southwestern Illinois


The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) works with the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) and Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) to operate one-stop resource of state agencies and nonprofit organizations that help Illinois residents stay in their homes.

Before visiting an MRP event listed below, families should collect the documents listed in the Mortgage Relief Project Document Checklist.

Homeowners will receive 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.

The Homeowner Protection 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.

For more information or to receive immediate assistance in advance of the event, please call IDFPR's toll-free consumer hotline (800) 532-8785 during regular business hours or visit or

A list of HUD-approved housing counseling agencies in Illinois can be found at
Federal Programs for Homeowners

The Making Home Affordable Plan, formally known as the Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan, is part of President Obama’s strategy to get the economy back on track.  The plan aims to help millions of families restructure or refinance their mortgages to avoid foreclosure and to save neighborhoods and communities from the negative effects of foreclosure such as lower housing prices, increased crime and higher taxes.

For further information on this assistance plan, visit, call our hotline at 1-800-532-8785 during regular business hours or send an email to

State Programs for Homeowners
On April 5, 2009, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the Homeowner Protection Act. The Homeowner Protection Act, which was passed unanimously by the General Assembly, gives homeowners who fall behind on their mortgage payments time to work with their lender to develop a plan that will allow them to stay in their homes. IDFPR stands ready to help you understand this new law and take advantage of its important protections. While the information below is meant to address most questions, please do not hesitate to contact the IDFPR Toll Free Hotline at 800-532-8785 during regular business hours for additional information. MORE>>