NCRC Applauds Enhancements to Home Affordable Modification Program

Washington, DC – Today, in response to the announcement of enhancements to the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC)’s President and CEO John Taylor made the following statement: “NCRC applauds the Treasury Department and […]

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Robosigning Settlement Step Towards Full Recognition of Extraordinary Harm to Homeowners & Economy

Washington, DC — Today federal officials and state Attorneys General reached an agreement with five major lenders to settle claims stemming from “robosigning” and other servicing abuses. John Taylor, president & CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) made this statement: “The settlement recognizes that all homeowners have been damaged by widespread abuses in […]

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Congress Must Act on President Obama’s Housing Proposals

Washington, DC — The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) today made this statement regarding measures the Obama administration is proposing to help the ailing housing market: “If there is a problem with the President’s plan, it’s that Congress must approve it. The President has put forward some very sensible proposals to ensure that the housing market […]

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State of the Union: As Homeowners Go, So Goes the Economy

Washington, DC — The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), the nation’s preeminent advocacy group for fair lending and housing, commends President Obama’s call to resuscitate the housing market expected in his annual State of the Union speech. John Taylor, NCRC President and CEO, said: “The weakness of the market since the 2008 crash continues to […]

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NCRC Releases Report on the Impact of Foreclosure Crisis on Communities of Color

The Foreclosure Crisis and Its Impact on Communities of Color: Research and Solutions

Washington, DC — As the foreclosure crisis continues unabated, destroying wealth for American families and undermining the stability and vibrancy of communities, NCRC’s recent whitepaper serves as an in-depth investigation of the success and weaknesses of the major federal and private foreclosure prevention efforts. The paper also examines proposed solutions to rebuild the homeownership markets. The paper has a particular focus on the impacts of the foreclosure crisis on people and communities of color.

The report addresses three critical aspects of the foreclosure crisis:

First, the foreclosure crisis is disproportionally affecting communities of color, and continuing without any meaningful preventative intervention. The homeownership rates for communities of color are at their lowest levels in over a decade. It is expected these rates will drop even further, which would wipe out over 15 years of gains in homeownership rates for people of color. The combination of foreclosures and falling home prices has also resulted in a catastrophic loss of wealth, in particular for people and communities of color.

Second, there are several strategies and solutions that could significantly halt the foreclosure crisis, as well as repair the damage, but no policies are actively being debated by policy makers. There are no signs that the HAMP program will be significantly improved to have a greater foreclosure prevention impact and, given the current political climate, it seems unlikely that any additional funds for new foreclosure mitigation efforts will be forthcoming. Finally, many proposals to rebuild the homeownership market would actually further undermine the housing markets. 

Third, there is no national clearinghouse of information on foreclosures that is systematic, searchable, and comprehensive. A comprehensive clearinghouse of data and research would enable more effective responses to the damage that is occurring to families and communities by the foreclosure crisis. Without a central hub of information, it is also difficult to understand the long-term damage the foreclosure crisis will likely have across cities and communities.

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Complaints Filed Against Capital One for Problematic Mortgage Servicing

Capital One Denied Homeowner Access to Help for Unemployed Homeowners and HAMP

Washington, DC — The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) today announced that is has filed a complaint with the District of Columbia Government Office of Human Rights and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), alleging that Capital One has violated local and federal fair housing laws by denying an unemployed homeowner access to a program for unemployed homeowners, as well as a federal mortgage modification program.
“Where there is smoke, there is often fire. Our complaint must be fully investigated to determine if Capital One has routinely denied borrowers the best assistance available to them. Capital One’s failure to participate in mortgage modification programs is cause for serious concern. The regulators should not allow Capital One to take over ING Direct’s $41 billion mortgage portfolio without a demonstration that they are in compliance with the law, and will act to ensure customers have access to the best loan modifications,” said John Taylor, president & CEO of NCRC.

The case concerns Ms. Cembrye Ross, an attorney in the Washington, DC area, who sought help from Capital One for her mortgage when she became unemployed. Capital One did not offer Ms. Ross a sustainable modification, even though she would have qualified for help under both the DC HomeSaver Program, which helps unemployed homeowners, and the federal Home Affordable Modification Program. Capital One, which was not participating in either program, instead steered Ms. Ross to a proprietary modification that was not affordable to her. Following the filing of the complaint, NCRC was able to stay the foreclosure that Ms. Ross faced.

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Mortgage Finance Proposals Threaten to Cut Off Access for Working and Middle Class Americans

Washington, DC — John Taylor, President & CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) today made this statement about proposals in Congress for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and federal agency proposals on the Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM): “How we address Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the definition of the Qualified Residential Mortgage, will […]

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Elimination of HAMP Would Only Prolong the Foreclosure Agony

Washington, DC — John Taylor, president & CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) today made this statement about the anticipated House vote to terminate the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP):

“Given the fragile state of the economy, Congress and the Administration need to stop procrastinating and create proposals that actually solve the country’s financial problems, not ignore them. Congress’ decision this week to eliminate HAMP does nothing but cause further agony to the millions of hard-working families who are on the brink of losing their homes.”

“If anything, Congress should be debating how HAMP can be reengineered and improved. The Administration also needs to step up, and take a hard line to ensure that the industry meets the requirements of the program. And our government needs to stop tip-toeing around the housing crisis and start addressing it head-on with concrete, actionable solutions that lend a hand to the American people rather than providing yet another escape hatch for Wall Street.”

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While HAMP Program Continues to Fail, Treasury Hides the Ball

Washington, DC – A new report from the Congressional Oversight Panel shows that the Administration’s leading foreclosure prevention program, the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), will modify less than 5% of the loans that will go into foreclosure by program end. An estimated 8 to 13 million foreclosures will take place by 2012. The report […]

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