Thursday, February 28, 2008

Housing Trust Fund Information

Please find key information (below and attached) mentioned during the 2/22/08 foreclosure conference call. Thank you again to Tami Hinton of the NC Office of the Commissioner of Banks, Al Ripley of the NC Justice Center, and Keir Morton of the NC Housing Finance Agency, for facilitating the call and presenting information to the group.

Homeowner’s HOPE Hotline

Hotline established to provide individuals with housing counselor referrals to avoid foreclosures

888-995-HOPE (888-995-4673)

NC Foreclosure Website

Legal Aid of NC

For homeowners with an imminent foreclosure hearing or those with court papers

866-219-5262 (866-219-LANC)

Next meeting of the House Select Committee on Rising Home Foreclosures

Tuesday, February 26th

12:30 pm

General Assembly – Room 421

Note: Additional attendees are welcome

If you want to send a letter:
Housing Trust Fund Letters
Find the names and addresses of your county’s representatives here:

Please send the letter in March on letterhead from the chairman of your board, or a prominent member of your board. Feel free to use the sample language, but please add some personal examples from your community. Share a compelling story as an example.

Sample language:

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Anywhere CDC, I am writing to urge you to increase the recurring funding of the North Carolina Housing Trust Fund.

As a first line housing provider for our community, I witness on a daily basis the dramatic impact the Housing Trust Fund makes in our county. This year alone, our grant will enable us to repair or rehabilitate _____ homes and make a meaningful change in the lives of _____ people. The Housing Trust Fund builds stronger communities, allows our seniors and disabled to age in place, and helps provide stable homes for our children. Our work would not be possible without it.

The Housing Trust Fund is a sound investment that the General Assembly cannot afford to miss. Every penny you appropriate goes to bricks and mortar, thus strengthening the fabric of our community. It has created over 8,200 jobs and generated nearly $70 million in tax revenues. Impressively, for every $1 appropriated by the General Assembly, it leverages $4 of housing. That’s a remarkable 300% return on your investment!

Our staff and Board appreciate the support you have given the Trust Fund thus far, but the needs in our state continue to grow. I look forward to your support in the upcoming session, and please do not call on me should you have any questions.

Please send a copy of your letter to:

Will Parry-Hill
3508 Bush Street
Raleigh, NC 27609
919-877-5701 fax

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