Monday, January 14, 2013
Family Services, Inc. (FSI) reported today that it has provided foreclosure prevention counseling to more than 13,000 individuals and saved 3,877 homes since bringing the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling (NFMC) program to its community in 2008. Nationally, the NFMC program has helped more than 1.5 million homeowners since 2007 and helped to save local governments, lenders, and homeowners approximately $920 million. The NFMC program was created by Congress in December 2007 and is administered by NeighborWorks America, one of the nation's largest nonprofit community development corporations.
Thousands of South Carolina homeowners are still at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure. Homeowners who are facing financial challenges or default should connect as soon as possible with a housing counselor from FSI’s Homeownership Resource Center (HRC).
In addition to foreclosure prevention counseling, HRC provides homebuyer education, financial coaching, and credit improvement services. The division has served more than 30,000 clients since its inception in 2003. This year alone, HRC helped create over $7.5 million in direct community investments through first time home purchases.
“We are grateful to have had the opportunity and support to provide free licensed foreclosure prevention advocacy to thousands of families over the last few years,” HRC Director Debbie Kidd said. “Our goal is to reach any South Carolina homeowner who is at risk of foreclosure. Even if a homeowner is not eligible for the Hardest Hit Fund program (SC HELP), our HRC team can still provide foreclosure prevention counseling and assistance. We want homeowners to know Family Services, Inc.'s Homeownership Resource Center is located in Charleston and is providing assistance throughout the state; even if they have been turned down for SC HELP.”
For more information call 800-232-6489 ext. 7862 or locally at 843-735-7862. For more information, go to www.fsisc.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.