Tuesday, November 28, 2006

so the people called, and then what happened?

Cuyahoga judges cutting down foreclosure backlog: I have trouble with the idea that there are no results shown with the program, and because it has no results, we throw more money at it--$400,000, in this case. So people called in, and then what happened to them? Also, pay attention to the comment about things moving along "without a hitch," as foreclosures happen faster and people more than likely are deprived of due process. Things may also move without a hitch if you avoid treating the problem, give everybody short shrift and the appearance of fair treatment (because there's an expensive, touchy-feely "program" in place), and rush the case through to the foreclosure. Who is being served here, anyway? One of the "program" spokesmen told me that KeyBank was their "business partner." Any questions?

"But most of the people were deep into foreclosure by the time they called, the study said. The team recommended that officials better publicize the program so homeowners can seek information before getting into a bad loan or ending up in court.
The county should enlist banks to help provide counseling and education and ask cities to point out homeowners whose blighted property may be a sign of hardship, the study said. CSU's team also recommended that the county consider finding emergency financing for homeowners in distress.
Mark Wiseman, who heads the prevention program, said the county delayed prominent advertising on billboards, radio and television because counselors had their hands full. The county expects to soon receive $400,000 from the federal government for counseling, which Wiseman said will pay for more services. "

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