HOPE NOW Hosts Event to Help Homeowners Impacted by Sandy
By: Esther Cho
A HOPENOW Alliance event in New Jersey on Saturday attracted over 550 families impacted by Super Storm Sandy.
The event brought together large mortgage servicers, nonprofit housing counseling organizations, and insurance companies to help homeowners in need of mortgage and insurance assistance.
“Many organizations came together, in a very short amount of time, to make this event happen. From planning to execution, this event was a complete success and a testament to the commitment of the industry, non-profits and government agencies all working together for the benefit of struggling homeowners,” said Eric Selk, executive director of HOPENOW.
“The opportunity to meet face to face with lenders, housing counselors, insurance representatives and others, who can offer assistance, is such a relief to homeowners impacted by Sandy – many of whom find themselves caught in red tape. Homeowners were able to get answers and a clear path forward. We thank HOPENOW for taking the lead in organizing this event, and the State of Jersey and Faith Fellowship CDC for its support,” added Deborah Boatright, Northeast regional director at NeighborWorks America.
Mortgage companies at the event included Bank of America, Chase, Citi Mortgage, GMAC Mortgage, Homeward Residential, HSBC, M&T, Nationstar, Ocwen, OneWest, PHH, PNC, Select Portfolio Servicing, SunTrust, and Wells Fargo.
Representatives from AllState Insurance, Central Jersey Legal Services, Fannie Mae, Farmers Insurance, FEMA, Freddie Mac, Liberty Mutual, LoanScamAlert, NJ 2-1-1, New Jersey Better Business Bureau, New Jersey Housing Resource Center, and OSHA were also at the event.
The event was co-sponsored by NeighborWorks America, Faith Fellowship Community Development Corporation, New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Office of the Attorney General of New Jersey, and New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency.
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