Resources are available to help save your home if you are facing foreclosure. Contact your mortgage lender to discuss your circumstances as soon as you realize that you’re unable to keep up with your mortgage payments.
Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network (IFPN)
The Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network brings together the services of state agencies and non-profit organizations to help connect struggling homeowners with information they need to keep their homes. Call toll-free 1-855-KEEP-411 (1-855-533-7411).
National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Program
National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Program (NFMC) funds help housing finance agencies, such as IHDA, and other HUD approved housing counseling intermediaries provide free foreclosure intervention and loss mitigation counseling for homeowners in need. The goal of the funding is to expand and supplement counseling opportunities available to families facing delinquency and foreclosure.
Call the toll free hotline (1-800-995-HOPE) or visit the website to locate a counselor.
Foreclosure assistance programs
Illinois Hardest Hit
The Illinois Hardest Hit program assists low- and moderate-income families with up to $25,000 in temporary mortgage payment assistance while they work to regain sufficient income to pay their mortgage. Details here.
Circuit Court of Cook County Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program
The Circuit Court of Cook County Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program is a partnership between the Circuit Court of Cook County, IHDA and other organizations who joined together to help Cook County homeowners. To qualify, homeowners must be Cook County residents living in a property in foreclosure. Details here.
Federal Foreclosure Assistance
Making Home Affordable is a federal program enabling qualified homeowners to modify or refinance their mortgage to make their payments more affordable. The program also helps unemployed homeowners and those who are underwater, or owe more on their mortgage than their home is worth. Details here.
More information about federal foreclosure assistance resources can be viewed at HUD’s website.
Beware of fraud
Homeowners should beware of foreclosure rescue and mortgage modification scams. Scammers make promises they cannot keep, such as guarantees to save your home or lower your mortgage, for a fee. You should never have to pay for foreclosure assistance. Scammers also may pretend they have direct contact with your mortgage servicer when they do not.
Tips to Avoid Scams:
- Beware of anyone who asks for a fee in exchange for a counseling service or modification of a delinquent loan.
- Beware of people who pressure you to sign papers immediately, or who try to convince you they can save your home if you sign or transfer over the deed to your house.
- Do not sign over the deed to your property to any organization or individual unless you are working directly with your mortgage company to forgive your debt.
- Never make a mortgage payment to anyone without your mortgage company’s approval.
- Federal Trade Commission — Watch the Foreclosure Rescue Scams Video on the FTC ‘s YouTube Channel.
- Office of the Comptroller of the Currency — The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency provides tips and materials to help homeowners avoid mortgage modification and foreclosure rescue scams.
- The Loan Modification Scam Prevention Network — The Loan Modification Scam Prevention Network is a national coalition of governmental and private organizations created by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, NeighborWorks America™ and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to provide resources to educate homeowners about the dangers of loan modification scams and support federal, state and local efforts to combat these scams. If you believe you have been the victim of a scam, you can report the scam through the campaign’s online complaint form.
- Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force — The Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force maintains a wide list of resources and information to help find and report suspected cases of financial fraud.
What to Do if You Have Been the Victim of a Scam
If you believe you have been the victim of a scam, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Visit the FTC’s online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) for assistance in English or Spanish.