September 2014
KeepYourHomeCalifornia | Newsletter

One Year of Newsletters

One year ago, we distributed the first Keep Your Home California newsletter. It has been a busy year, as over 15,000 households have received assistance from Keep Your Home California since that first issue and the amount of funding provided has nearly doubled (from $402 million in September 2013 to $792 million in September 2014). Over the course of the past year, the newsletter has helped us share some of the work that has gone into making those numbers possible.

 

In that first newsletter, the following statement was included in the welcome message: "These newsletters will allow you to track program progress, learn about changes, show what is happening in your area, and keep you apprised of important updates. We are excited about the opportunity to provide this information to you directly on a regular basis."

 

That statement remains as true today as it was a year ago. We feel we are off to a good start after our first year of newsletters and pledge to continue bringing you updates and information about the program in future installments.

Quarter 2 Data Posted on the Website

The 2014 second quarter report to US Treasury was recently posted on the Keep Your Home California website and data from the report was added to the Reports and Statistics webpage. The report details recent progress for Keep Your Home California. Some of the highlights include:

  • For the first time, the amount of Keep Your Home California funding provided in a single quarter surpassed $90 million. Over $20 million more was approved in the second quarter of 2014 than in the second quarter of 2013.
     
  • The Principal Reduction Program (PRP) saw a 42% increase in servicer participation with the addition of 57 new registered servicers in the past year. There were over 500 approved PRP transactions in the second quarter.
     
  • Approved PRP transactions resulted in the median monthly payment being reduced by $269, an almost 20% reduction. The median homeowner debt-to-income ratio was also reduced from 37% to 30%.

View full report here.

Funding
(as of Sept 22, 2014)

Programs
  
Homeowners Assisted
Total Amount Distributed
Unemployment Mortgage Assistance
32,515
$432,940,627.47
Principal Reduction Program
4,343
$261,480,967.69
Mortgage Reinstatement Assistance Program
7,100
$94,877,528.71
Transition Assistance Program
714
$2,594,593.02
Total Program
Funds Allocated
44,672
$791,893,716.89

Keep Your Home California to be Featured at Various Outreach Events

In past editions of the newsletter, we have highlighted community events that our partner HUD approved housing counseling agencies host in order to help homeowners get more information about foreclosure prevention options that are available to them. Those events are ongoing - you will find some coming up in the near future in the sidebar on the right - but there are also others put on by servicers, elected officials, and non-profit organizations, just to name a few. Just like the events put on by the housing counseling agencies, these events are free of charge and provide homeowners with a wealth of information.

 

In the coming weeks, several events will take place across the state. Each of the events listed below will have representatives from Keep Your Home California present to provide information about the programs. We appreciate that the event sponsors have included Keep Your Home California and look forward to helping many more California homeowners through these valuable outreach opportunities. 

  For more information on foreclosure prevention events, please visit the Calendar of Events webpage.

Success Story: Susan M

Human resources executive Susan M. first heard about Keep Your Home California during a large round of layoffs at her work.

 

Rapid response team representatives detailed numerous jobless benefits available to the affected employees, including Keep Your Home California's Unemployment Management Assistance Program.

 

Susan, who held her position for more than 20 years, was used to hearing about programs established to help unemployed workers. But, this time, ... Read More 

Recent Blog Post:

Welcome Prospect Mortgage.

 

The Sherman Oaks-based company is the 200th mortgage servicer to enroll in Keep Your Home California.

 

It's a much-celebrated milestone for the free mortgage-assistance program. The 200 servicers currently enrolled in the federally funded program is double the number of participants as recently as February 2013 - and a dramatic increase from the nine servicers when the program started in February 2011.


Read More 

Monthly Question & Answer
Q: Do I need to be a California Housing Finance Agency borrower

A: No. Any California homeowner who meets the eligibility requirements can qualify. Your servicer must sign an agreement with CalHFA MAC to participate in one or more of the Keep Your Home California programs. This agreement with the servicer helps to ensure that funds are properly applied and reported. Servicer participation is voluntary. A list of participating servicers and the programs they offer is available on our Participating Servicers page.

 

See more frequently asked questions

Dollar Assistance Provided to Date by County  
(as of Sept 22, 2014)

To see all Servicer Scorecards, please visit the Participating Servicers webpage.



September 24, 2014
6:30pm-8:30pm
Home Retention Clinic
Los Angeles, CA
September 25, 2014
3:00pm-6:00pm
Foreclosure Prevention and Intervention Workshop
Oakland, CA
September 27, 2014
9:00am-5:00pm
Homebuyer Education Workshop
Riverside, CA
October 8, 2014
6:30pm-8:30pm
Home Retention Clinic
Los Angeles, CA
October 10-14, 2014
8:00am-6:00pm
NACA American Dream Event
Los Angeles, CA
October 11, 2014
9:00am-5:00pm
Homebuyer Education Workshop
Ontario, CA
October 17-21, 2014
8:00am-6:00pm
NACA American Dream Event
Ontario, CA
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