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 Making Home Affordable Plans Nashville Event to Help Struggling Tennessee Homeowners Keep their Homes

By: Andrea Risotto
10/19/2012

Are you a Tennessee homeowner struggling with your mortgage payments?  Would you like to understand the options available to you based on your particular circumstances?  Do you need help working with your mortgage company to apply for assistance?  If so, then we encourage you to attend the free Helpfor Homeowners Community Event at the Nashville Convention Center on Wednesday, October 24. 

At next week’s event, which is co-sponsored with the HOPE NOW Alliance, homeowners in the Nashville area will be able to meet face-to-face with 15 of the nation’s largest mortgage servicers to discuss options to make their mortgage payments more affordable. Every homeowner who attends will leave with a clearer idea of their eligibility for help and next steps.

We encourage you to attend even if you have tried unsuccessfully to work with your mortgage company in the past, particularly if you have had a change in circumstances.  Local HUD-approved housing counselors will be on-site to meet with homeowners and offer free guidance. And there are more options for assistance available today than ever before, including new opportunities for mortgage modifications, refinances and unemployment assistance.  

One of the newer programs available to homeowners in the Volunteer State is Keep My Tennessee Home.  Funded by Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund, Keep My Tennessee Home offers assistance to homeowners struggling to keep up with their mortgage payments due to unemployment or a reduction in wages. This program makes payments to a homeowner’s mortgage company for up to 18 months while he or she looks for work. 

Far too often, struggling families in Tennessee and across the country tell us they were unaware of their options or too scared to reach out.  But remember that—every month—hundreds of additional Tennessee families are getting help to make their mortgage payments more affordable.  Keep My Tennessee Home is an example of one such program where agencies across the state are working together to help homeowners.

As the administrator of Keep My Tennessee Home, the Tennessee Housing Development Authority (THDA), told us, “We recently attended an outreach event in a community southeast of Nashville.  Toward the end of the evening, an adult couple timidly approached us and subsequently thanked us for helping them keep their home.  This couple was accompanied by their teenage son and daughter.  When their son realized who we were, he stuck out his hand and, shaking vigorously, thanked us very sincerely for helping his family stay in their home. All it takes is one experience like this to remind us of what this program is all about.”

Since 2009, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have sponsored 77 free outreach events for struggling homeowners across the country.  Additional events are already planned for 2012 in Orlando, Florida and Ontario, California.  More information about these events and other free resources for homeowners is available on MakingHomeAffordable.gov.

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