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NCP Foreclosure Response Fund:
Lessons learned, more work ahead
Local leadership developed “best practices” for counseling borrowers and negotiating with lenders through NCP's Foreclosure Response Fund. Now it’s a matter of scaling up … way up.
Ill wind spreads foreclosure nightmare 5/17/2010
Working-class neighborhoods in Chicago and beyond continue to be clobbered by foreclosures as unemployment spreads and many mortgage lenders fail to cooperate with borrowers seeking to modify unaffordable loans.
Laying a stable foundation 2/25/2010
Barely a year after the city got word it was getting $55.2 million in first-round federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funding, the City of Chicago and its non-profit program manager, Mercy Portfolio Services (MPS), have created a nimble system for buying and recycling hundreds of foreclosed homes and apartment buildings.
Foreclosure fight goes neighbor-to-neighbor 11/26/2009
SWOP, NHS and Greater Southwest are partnering with Bank of America on a new, one-on-one strategy to reach and assist at-risk homeowners.
Chicago Lawn Heroes: Katie Van Tiem,
The Pastors of the “Keep our Homes” campaign
The community heroes saluted by the New Communities Program lead agencies and their partners are the ones doing the heavy lifting, often with little acknowledgement or reward.
Fool me once ... 10/16/2009
Good information is the best defense against debt relief scams.
Planning project supports 63rd Street vision 7/10/2009
Under the leadership of 63rd St. business owners and community residents, the 63rd St. Growth Commission is in the midst of a planning and visioning effort for the business district.
Fighting foreclosure on two fronts 7/10/2009
A woman's story offers hope and a cautionary tale to borrowers in trouble and stands as testament to the work of housing counselors at NCP lead agency Greater Southwest Development Corp.
People Power makes partners of SWOP, BofA 7/10/2009
“Bank of America!” 200 demonstrators in Chicago Lawn repeatedly inveighed. “Keep our families in their homes!” They helped to spur negotiation of a new partnership between the community, led by Southwest Organizing Project, and the nation’s largest commercial bank.
Quinn and Madigan vow foreclosure fight 4/7/2009
Mortgage-loan sharks take notice: the Southwest Side will use every weapon it has – including growing political clout – to stop you from further destabilizing neighborhoods in your rapacious hunt for quick profits.

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