Local NAACP President Takes Part in White House Forum
Washington, D.C. — On May 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hosted a White House Forum on Housing to discuss programs and initiatives promoted by the Obama Administration that help responsible homeowners and struggling communities hit hardest by the housing crisis. The White House Housing Forum convened Georgia housing officials, regional and local leaders, housing and development alliances and community advocates in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building for the discussion. Mr. Nate Sanderson, local NAACP president, was delegated by Georgia NAACP president Mr. Edward Dubose to represent Columbus. He brought out how it’s exetremely important for the NAACP to get information housing and mortgage settlements so it can be readily available to African Americans, especially if there are any discrimatroy practices in question. “The housing crisis which began in 2007 saw Georgia’s foreclosure rate more than double in the two years before we took office, tens of thousands of families saw their home values plummet, their equity wiped out, and their communities devastated,” said U.S. Housing and Urban Development Regional Administrator Edward “Ed” Jennings. “However, since then and because of the efforts of the Obama Administration, we’ve seen the market stabilize and begin to recover. When we have forums like the one here today at the White House, it brings together people and ideas that will help ensure that recovery continues.” Forum sessions, led by White House and Administration officials, explored tools and resources offered by the federal government and detailed help for homeowners, assistance for underserved communities, insights for cultivating public-private partnerships and the future of housing. Additionally, the historic $25 billion foreclosure settlement, the President’s new housing initiatives and legislative proposals impacting housing reforms were discussed. The unprecedented mortgage servicers settlement is the largest federal-state civil agreement ever obtained and is the result of extensive investigations led by federal agencies, including the Department of Justice, HUD, the HUD Office of the Inspector General (HUD-OIG), 49 state attorneys general and state banking regulators across the country. The joint federal-state group entered into the agreement with the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers: Bank of America Corporation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Wells Fargo & Company, Citigroup Inc., and Ally Financial Inc. (formerly GMAC) – and as a result, all Americans are ensured a fair shot, their fair share and fair deal. “These forums represent the Obama Administration’s ongoing efforts to take aggressive steps on behalf of homeowners who have played by the rules and are trying to get ahead Tammye Trevino, Administrator of USDA’s Rural Housing Service said. “During these meetings, USDA will work with industry stakeholders, citizens and other federal officials to build upon the Administration’s goals to help responsible homeowners refinance loans, stay in their homes and shore up the nation’s housing market.” Participants shared “best practices” and provided feedback on the effectiveness of targeted federal programs and initiatives. Additionally, in the coming weeks, the Obama Administration will hold additional housing events including a Making Home Affordable homeowner event where borrowers can learn about foreclosure prevention options and get immediate help connecting with a loan servicer representative and local housing counselor. The event will be held in Atlanta, GA at the Georgia International Convention Center on June 1-2. “More than 30,000 Georgia homeowners currently have lower mortgage payments through the Administration’s Making Home Affordable Program, but we know there are additional homeowners who are struggling and eligible for help,” said Treasury Homeownership Preservation Chief Darius Kingsley. “We will continue our collaborative work with partners across the state to reach homeowners who are eligible for assistance through programs like Making Home Affordable and HomeSafe Georgia. Treasury and HUD will be sponsoring a free event for homeowners at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta on June 1 and 2–and we encourage any homeowner who is struggling with their mortgage payments to attend.” For in depth information the “Obama Adminastration Helping Responsible Borrowers Stay in Their Homes and Stabilzing the Housing Market,” you can go to www.whitehouse.gov. If you want more information on “USDA’s Rural Housing Service” and “Mortgage Servicer Settlement,” you can visit www.hud.gov or call Tollfree: (800) CALL-FHA or (800) 225-5342.