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Foreclosure Intervention Specialist Jael Cain Shares Client Story

Written by Jael Cain Hello, my name is Jael Cain and I am an AmeriCorps Foreclosure Intervention Specialist at Wayne Metro Community Action Agency! In this position my focus is to help people who are at risk of losing their homes. This is my second year as an AmeriCorps member and it has been especially...

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Step Forward Michigan Program Helps Struggling Homeowners

Written by Chad Coffman Financial troubles can strike suddenly. An unexpected expense, sudden job loss or medical emergency can make it hard for a family to pay its mortgage, property taxes or condominium fees. Fortunately, the statewide Step Forward Michigan program can help homeowners stay in their homes by giving them the money they need...

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Voices of AmeriCorps: Danielle Harvey

My name is Danielle Harvey, and I am an AmeriCorps member serving at Community Housing Network in Troy as a Foreclosure Prevention Intake Specialist. I receive calls from clients who need help with delinquent property taxes and/or mortgage payments. I point eligible clients to the Step Forward Michigan Program, and help them keep their homes....

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Voices of AmeriCorps: Mandy Barlow

Since I began my AmeriCorps term in October of 2015, I have come to learn a lot about the community in which I reside, volunteer, raise my family and plan on growing old. Being the mother of two teenage sons, I am incredibly aware of the need for financial literacy of our youth. However, it...

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The End to Step Forward Michigan

Written by Chad Coffman, Project Lead Michigan Hardest Hit Fund The Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s (MSHDA) foreclosure prevention program “Step Forward Michigan” is closing its website to new applications December 31, 2015.   December 31, 2015 – Last day to register a new Step Forward Michigan loan application. January 31, 2016 – Last day to submit applications to Step...

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Voices of AmeriCorps: Betsy Quakenbush

Though my AmeriCorps time has been full of file keeping and database entry activities, the things I will remember more are the life stories I have heard; I have a whole file cabinet in the corner of my brain with the label “Crazy life stories.” This cabinet has slowly been filling up with the stories...

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Voices of AmeriCorps: Rene Halberg

  Beep! Beep! Beep! My alarm is waking me; I want to stay in bed. After all it’s cold and rainy, good day for staying in bed. I slowly move out of bed and gather my thoughts. Today is my Russ Mawby Service project; it’s an outside project, YUCK!! Really, does it have to rain?...

Foreclosure 101 and Step Forward Update
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Foreclosure 101 and Step Forward Update

Last month Tracie Coffman, Coordinator of the Michigan Foreclosure Task Force, gave an in-depth introduction to tax and mortgage foreclosure for new MFPC AmeriCorps members. This is an excellent primer for anyone new to the foreclosure process in Michigan. 1 Introduction: http://youtu.be/rnM8hm6N-Nc 2 Foreclosure Terminology: http://youtu.be/-tyfw3CYRbY 3 Foreclosure Timeline: http://youtu.be/zfVib81xpKE 4 Loss Mitigation: http://youtu.be/CooBrDQFeLY 5 Step Forward Update: http://youtu.be/f0kL1QsiVuw...

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Welcoming the Next Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Corps Members

Written by Lisa Assenmacher, Communications and Training Specialist “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead 10,627. That’s the number of homeowners facing foreclosure served through intake and triage by AmeriCorps members in the 2012-2013 program year. 30,000....

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Voices of AmeriCorps – Leondra Fair

“Of course there’s the cliché statement of “I have grown so much” or “AmeriCorps has prepared me for so and so,” but really the most valuable part of serving with people is that it has enhanced who I am. I realized what type of person I want to be not only moving forward into the...