Illinois’ third Keep Your Home event is scheduled for today. This one will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the community center in South Holland (501 E. 170th St.). The previous two were in Berwyn in March and O’Fallon in July. Three more are planned, at locations to be determined. These are events that help homeowners in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure. Mary Kenney, director of the Illinois Housing Development Authority, says there is legitimate help.
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“We help them apply for financial assistance under the Illinois Hardest Hit program, and they can get the application rolling that day, and we also have all five of the big servicers present on-site with authorized representatives to approve loan modifications on-site,” she said. Attendance at the three previous Keep Your Home events has been 1,800, and Kenney says people come from a wide area because they know they can get help.
Since the Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network was established earlier this year, 37,000 homeowners have been referred to a homeownership counselor, and 4,600 have been given cash assistance worth $105 million. More than 10,000 people have called Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network help hotlines, and 37,000 homeowners have been referred to a homeownership counselor through the network.