News & Updates

Here you'll find the latest news, updates and alerts to keep you informed about what's happening within the mortgage counseling industry.

News:The Time is Now to Scale Community Land Trusts

Community land trusts (CLTs) are non-profit community-based organizations that develop affordable housing on unused or under-used properties while retaining ownership of the land on which the housing sits. It's an innovative and cost-effective approach to creating and preserving economically and racially diverse communities. Yet, CLTs remain underutilized due to the high capacity and capital it takes to get them off of the ground. Citi Community Development announced the launch of a $1 million national initiative with Grounded Solutions Network to accelerate the development of permanently affordable homeownership opportunities across the country. The Citi/Grounded Solutions Network CLT Accelerator will scale this vital solution by providing much-needed capital and technical assistance to catalyze community land trusts in markets across the country. Read more in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and Shelterforce.
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News:What Miami’s Skyline Could Mean for All of Miami’s Residents

Mandy Bartle, executive director of the South Florida Community Land Trust, writes about how, with early-stage support from Citi Community Development, the South Florida Community Land Trust Accelerator Fund supports affordable homeownership opportunities in a high-cost, cash-driven market.
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News:Citywide Collaborative and Citi Community Development Announce the Creation of the Interboro Community Land Trust and a $1MM Interboro CLT Growth Fund

The first-of-its-kind collaboration in New York City will create one of the nation’s largest community land trusts, expanding unprecedented access to permanently affordable homeownership opportunity and neighborhood preservation for lower-income families.
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News:Bellone & Annibale: A new model emerges for Long Island’s homeownership

Steve Bellone, the Suffolk County Executive and Citi Community Development highlight the Community Land Trust of Long Island.
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News:Community Land Trust in Anacostia, DC Announced by City First Enterprises and Citi Community Development

City First Enterprises (CFE) and Citi Community Development announced the plan for CFE to create the first Community Land Trust (CLT) in the historic Anacostia neighborhood in the District of Columbia (DC) to preserve affordability, prevent displacement and enable community residents to purchase homes to build long-term financial assets. The community land trust will, over time, produce affordable homes for more than 100 families in Anacostia.
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News:SAGE and Citi Community Development Announce Expansion of SAGE LGBT Elder Housing Initiative that Boosts Access to Safe, Affordable Housing for Seniors

Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) and Citi Community Development announced a major expansion of SAGE’s LGBT Elder Housing initiative. Launched in 2016, the SAGE LGBT Elder Housing Initiative is a comprehensive national program to expand access to safe, affordable, and welcoming housing for LGBT older adults. The Initiative supports LGBT older adults in existing senior housing while simultaneously accelerating the development of housing specifically designed for them.
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News:VCN: Connecting People To the Answers They Need

Watch this video to learn about the Virtual Counselor Network (VCN) and how VCN is transforming access to services provided by nonprofits.
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News:Video: VCN Made Easy in Three Steps

Watch this video to learn about how easy it is to access and deliver services through the Virtual Counselor Network (VCN)
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News:Citi Supports Shelterforce Housing Series

Read the first article of a three-part Citi-sponsored Shelterforce series.
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News:Housing as a Platform for Improving Financial Capability

This report demonstrates why housing presents a unique opportunity to serve as a platform for financial capability, outlining several strategies for housing providers to approach financial services delivery within their work.
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News:Home Matters Campaign Launches Two New Initiatives

Home Matters has announced a new digital campaign and a national design challenge. These initiatives will educate the public on the national housing crisis and spark a national dialogue around possible solutions.
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News:Can Technology Help Housing Counselors do More with Less?

Hala Farid, Deputy Director of the Office of Homeownership Preservation, blogs about technology as a benefit to housing counselors. Read More

News:Citi Supports Local Dallas Veteran

In Dallas, United States Veteran Alejandro Cruzio and his family were handed the keys to their new home, renovated by 50 volunteers from Citi's Military Veterans Network of Dallas-Fort Worth and the Home Depot Foundation. This project was in partnership with Green Extreme Homes, the City of Garland, Citi Mortgage, Citi Salutes, and the Citi Office of Homeownership Preservation. Watch Video Coverage

News:Join Home Matters and Help Support the Importance of the Home!

Learn how you can get involved in Citi Communtiy Development-sponsored Home Matters, a coalition of leaders, community groups, nonprofits and citizens who advocate to protect the home as the bedrock for thriving lives, families, and a stronger nation. Join now!

News:Guest opinion: Home Matters in Council Bluffs

The Home Matters Campaign, sponsored by Citi Community Development, emphasizes stable affordable homes as pivotal to personal and community achievements. Read More

News:Citi Funds Minority-Owned Business Development

Citi sponsors the Urban Empowerment Fund supporting minority-owned businesses in underserved communities Read Press Release

Update:Join the Conversation to Stay in your Home!

You are not financially in trouble, though your house is way underwater. What are your options? Find out what steps people are taking under the National Mortgage Settlement (and other programs) to stay afloat. Read More

Update:Citi's Short Sale Contact Overview and Summary

Learn how you may help assist homeowners with a mortgage through Citi through the short sale process.

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New Online ResourceNavigating the Road to Housing Recovery

NeighborWorks America developed this site to help housing counselors and victims of Hurricane Sandy find answers as they try to navigate numerous programs set up to help in the region's recovery.

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Loan Modification Scam Alerts

Anyone can become a victim of a loan modification scam.

Visit our page on Tips on Avoiding Scams or Prevent Loan Scam for more information.

If you feel you have been scammed visit the Loan Modification Scam Alert to get immediate help and advice.

Report Spotlight

On December 4-5 2014, the British Council, Citi Community Development, and Social Enterprise UK invited social enterprise and affordable housing leaders from the UK and the US to the British Embassy in Washington, DC. The 28 senior participants shared best practice and discussed which affordable housing models were proven to work. Learn more in the convening summary, authored by Andrea Westall and Rebecca Zylberman, with edits by Alex Dimsdale.

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Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP®)

The MHA website provides resources and information to understand the options and solutions available for homeowners struggling to make mortgage payments.

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