995 HOPE

Do NOT Call 888-995-HOPE for help! Read on to learn why.

Read this investigative news piece by CNBC - 

 The government’s flagship 995 Hope program to give struggling homeowners relief from overwhelming mortgage payments has left hundreds if not thousands of callers frustrated by long wait times, lack of follow-up and relatively minor loan modifications that have failed to help.

A story last week on msnbc.com generated hundreds of e-mail responses from readers who have called the heavily promoted hotline. Almost all the callers said they encountered a variety of roadblocks in their efforts to save their homes.

But the Hope Now hotline has left many callers frustrated and without hope, judging from e-mail correspondence. Readers report difficulty getting through to hotline counselors, cursory reviews of their cases, lack of follow-up, confusion over who is eligible for help, and, for those who did reach lenders, relatively minor loan modifications that weren’t sustainable over the long term.

“I was fortunate to find a helpline like HOPE, which helped with the depression I was going through of losing my home,” said a reader named Yenny from Roselle, N.J. “The problem is the loan modification that I just got from my lender is higher, and I cannot afford it. What do I do now?”

So is this the Hope that they are selling now? Does 995 Hope truly work for the consumer or the lender best interests?

These are all questions that I think we should be asking ourselves as hundreds of thousands of people lose their homes as lenders parade a phone number labeled the Hope line. Think about this. The same guys that sold you a loan that is causing you to lose your home are now telling you to call some number to get help.

What if you are the victim of fraud or predatory lending? Will your Hope counselor direct you to the proper legal council to remedy your situation and sue your lender, like you should. I HIGHLY doubt that!

Have you had a similar experience calling for help. Please let your voice be heard.This is frome the 995 Hope website-

The Homeownership Preservation Foundation, in partnership with mortgage lenders, nonprofit organizations and city government agencies, provides homeowners with counseling and resources to help homeowners resolve their mortgage troubles. Homeowners who call the 888-995-HOPE number can receive free advice and counseling from nonprofit, HUD-certified organizations – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also visit their website at www.995HOPE.org .

The popular homeowner hotline received more than 14,000 calls during the first quarter of 2007, a 30 percent increase over the fourth quarter 2006. More than 25,000 homeowners called the hotline in all of 2006. In April they were receiving over 300 calls a day. The hot line counseled 15,207 people in the second quarter, analyzing their budgets in detail. Of those, 26 percent were told they might qualify for a loan workout, according to Tracy Morgan, a spokeswoman for the group. Another 28 percent were told to try to improve their budgets then seek a workout. source San Francisco Chronicle

That was then and in only 5 months and now they are reporting over 1,000 calls per day in this CNN Money report: Here are some quotes from that article:
“Tracy Morgan is a spokeswoman for the Home Ownership Preservation Foundation, which operates a foreclosure hotline (1-800-995-HOPE) for Neighborworks. Last year, she said, the hotline handled about 75 calls a day nationwide. By June, 2007, the number ballooned to 750. For this September, the average day has brought about 1,300 calls.
“Morgan traces most of that increase to the subprime meltdown. California, where a high percentage of mortgages were subprime adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs), has become the number one caller state.”
“By working with non-profits, rather than approaching lenders directly, borrowers can improve their work-out prospects, according to Morgan.”
“We work at a high level with 17 or 18 major servicers,” she said. “You have an advocate that really knows the ins and outs, has the contacts and can facilitate the work-out process.”
“Counselors bypass the collections departments of lenders in favor of mitigation departments, where they can get things done. Sometimes the advice is to hold off before contacting a lender.”
“We can look at a borrower and say, ‘You’re not a good candidate for a work-out right now,’” said Morgan. “‘Take three months to repair your credit score, find some extra income by renting out a room to a relative or taking a part-time job. Then, you can go back to the lender in a much stronger bargaining position.’”

“Foreclosure really damages your potential to be a home owner again, or even a renter,” said Morgan”.

This is from the 995 HOPE website on what they do during the counseling process and their affiliate non-profits.

“Counseling Overview

The counselors for the 888-995-HOPE hotline are provided by five leading HUD-approved nonprofit allies – Auriton Solutions, Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Atlanta, Consumer Credit Counseling Services of San Francisco, Novadebt, and Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management.
Counselors are certified and trained to set up a plan of action designed just for you and your situation. Spanish-speaking counselors are also available. When you talk to us, you won’t be judged and you won’t pay a dime.

We don’t just offer general advice – we help you take action. Representatives will arm you with education and support that assists you in overcoming immediate financial issues.”

“(I) received information that I was not previously aware of… (which) provided me with a sense of direction before taking my next step.”
– Homeowner, Iowa
This is what you should expect when you call from the
995 HOPE website.

What to expect

First and foremost, expect to speak with a respectful, non-judgmental counselor who wants to help you. After an introduction and an explanation of your counselor’s role in the process, you’ll be asked about the reason you called. When it comes to discussing finances revolving around foreclosure,  complete honesty is the best policy. The more focused a picture we have of your financial situation, the better equipped we are to help you deal with it. After your counselor accurately restates your challenge, you’ll lay out goals together, and you’ll receive recommendations on how to accomplish those objectives.

What to have ready

If possible, try to have a list of the major bills you pay every month at hand when you call. Chief among these should be your mortgage payment statement complete with your mortgage loan number. Having these close will help your counselor build an accurate assessment of your financial situation.

Things you should know

Homeowner’s HOPE provides free counseling – we do not do refinancing, down payment assistance or provide loans. But we can connect you with local nonprofit resources that provide different kinds of assistance.

Although we have an excellent working relationship with many of the nation’s largest mortgage companies, we cannot force a mortgage company to eliminate debt, forgive payments or dictate solutions.

We are here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Most importantly, we want to help. Remember, the sooner you make the courageous decision to call us, the more we can do to help you right your financial ship. 

About the Homeownership Preservation Foundation

The Homeownership Preservation Foundation (HPF) is a Minneapolis-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to reducing foreclosures and preserving homeownership for American homeowners. The Foundation was formed in September 2004 with a $20 million seed contribution from GMAC ResCap (Residential Capital, LLC), one of the nation’s largest real estate finance companies. The Foundation partners with city, county and state governments; federal government agencies; community-based non-profit organizations; and mortgage companies to offer creative solutions to preserve homeownership. For more information about the Homeownership Preservation Foundation, please visit http://www.hpfonline.org.

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  3. Tina says:

    If I have had a modification in the past, would I be able to qualify for another one. Been a bad few years…I’ll spare details. Just want to know the probability. Thanks

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  5. John says:

    Called them.. they were more interested in pushing a DMP to me than helping me with a workout of my loan. Basically told me to call Homecomings. What a joke! Ive been calling Homecomings who basically said we cant help you. Well fine homecomings you can take a 100k bath on my house.

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  10. rick says:

    The hope alliance is the biggest JOKE of this century. They do virtually nothing. I called them & the counseller said that she will schedule a counselling session with the lender. The counseller did not even pick up my call after that nor returned any of my phone calls.

    Done have any hope onthis HOPE NOW……… They just get your hopes up & leave them to shatterd once again….

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  15. Listen guys,

    Foreclosure will continue to get worse throughout 2009. All this will serve to do is drive values down even further, and fuel the engine of further foreclosure, especially as distressed owners take out their frustration on the homes before leaving.

    The counseling agencies are trained counselors; they have very little technical knowledge about RESPA, Preditory Lending, Forensic file examination or real estate.

    I have had over 15 years in this industrry and I am also a software designer. I have designed the smartest operating system that does the intake and diagnosis of file in 30 minutes and obtain a resolution in minutes of getting in touch with the lenders. The on-line consumer version will be available on July 15th. and every consumer will be able to do their own file and upload it to the counseling agency or attorney for action.
    For more information, please call (561) 202-7939.

  16. PIST says:

    Maurice, i hope this helps getting help to everyone quicker so that this economy can start to fix itself again.

  17. allison says:

    This is such a horrible situation for people to be in. I sincerely hope our elected leaders realize that the mortgage meltdown and loss of homes will meltdown local businesses and result in the loss of customers patronizing those businesses. It amazes me that the government can stick taxpayers with the bill to bailout large corporations but when the very people that you foot the bill to need help, everybody rallies against them and wants to give them the shaft. Remember, WE ALL LOSE HERE.

  18. allison says:

    This is such a horrible situation all around and I hope that people get the assistance they need. Hell, all these large corporations get bailed out and the taxpayers are forced to foot the bill but when the taxpayers need help you want to give them the complete runaround and shut them out. That is wrong on so many levels and needs to be addressed.

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  20. Hope worker says:

    I would have to agree not to call HOPE. I actually work there. From the day I started I felt so guilty because there is no help. I feel HOPE was set in place for people to leave the banks alone. We are like an escape goat for the banks. I feel sorry for some people because they are loosing their homes through no fault of their own. Others I just want to tell them to get a life. Several times I have tried to schedule people for an appointment and they tell me they can not have that date because they are going on vacation. Now realize that they have not paid their mortgage and are going on vacation with the money.
    But either way they is no help for anyone. None of the banks are doing the Bush or Obama plan that was set in place. Remember that it is not mandatory for the banks to participate. It is voluntary and none will acknoledge the plan. When mentioned to the bank they all say they will have the information in about two weeks. They have been saying two weeks since last year.
    I hate my job because I have to give people false hope. I feel very low. But it is about the only job available in town right now and I also have a mortgage to pay.

  21. victor feeney says:

    To whom can help

    I have been a target of countrywide, inabilities and practices of bad business practices,

    We had a 30 year note with Chase and never late,

    Now with Countrywide and was promised a refinance on a 15 years note to 30 year note with there new Modification loan program this started in Feb 2009, and we call every month several time to ask about it and was told everything was Ok and will hear something shortly.
    That was in March, Lisa James

    We heard something alright on April15 a notice to Foreclosure, and need to come up with 2 months payment and the Mays payment also

    We call several times and talked to 6 people with no help just Phone tags

    So we when to the Locale office and the Person we first talked to (Jason Guinther) was there we told him the story and the he call countrywide, after talking to there office for 30mins, he said they were never going to notified us that we don’t qualify for the program or even why,

    The inability for them to notified us doesn’t constitute an hardship for us,

    I thing they encourages there people in this tactics,

    Can anyone help us and advise a place to call anything

    Vwf4506@insightbb.com

    I only have till May the 8 according to the letter

    Thanks very much in this very important matter
    we also called hope and how look at what has happen

  22. doj says:

    this is i believe the white elephant effect. red tape on top of red tape

  23. Dan says:

    first thing you should understand is they report everything you tell them to the bank…..Then they take limited infoand quickly turn you off…..THIS IS NO HELP!!! NO HELP WHATSOEVER!!!

    Although a Gov. product, they work for the goodof the banks. This isso illconcieved that it only hurts your chances, not help them. STAY AWAY!!!

  24. Deb says:

    I just got off the phone with them. I am a single mother of four kids. I was basically told to cut down on my grocery bill…..now, mind you, I feed four children……I need to get a full time job (at the moment I have a part time job so that I can be home when the kids get in from school, not to mention that i live in an ecomomically depressed area AND NOT TO MENTION THAT THERE ARE NO OTHER JOBS OUT THERE RIGHT NOW)……..my sons are to get jobs (yes, he said this!), although I didn’t know they hire at 14yrs old now-a-days……needless to say, this was my “counseling”, and needless to say that after I hung up the phone, I almost wanted to jump off of a bridge.