Get Help Get Hope:
Addressing Indiana's Mortgage Crisis
Following a greeting from Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepherd, John Krauss, director of the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment, outlines the scope of the foreclosure problem in Indiana.
John Ketzenberger, business columnist for The Indianapolis Star, moderates a studio discussion among Stephanie Kattich, Indiana Legal Services; Laurie Jones, a foreclosure counselor for the Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network; and Todd Donley, senior vice president of mortgage programs at Fifth Third Bank and in-coming president of the Greater Indianapolis Mortgage Bankers Association. Together they will explain the foreclosure process, options that are available for relief, and what homeowners can do if they are having trouble paying their mortgage.
A field report profiles a Ft. Wayne family that avoided foreclosure of their home.
A second studio discussion involves Marion County Judge Cynthia Ayers, Sherry Seiwert, executive director of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority; and Donna Sheline, vice president of homeownership at JP Morgan Chase. Topics include mediation programs for homeowners and mortgage holders and efforts by the state to rebuild neighborhoods through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
A field report outlines steps for prospective new homeowners.
Get Help, Get Hope is a production of WFYI. It is funded by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority as part of a statewide public service project of the Indiana Broadcasters Association.
Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard and Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman open the program by discussing the affect foreclosure is having on Indiana residents, how the program will explain mortgage foreclosure and how to get help.
John Krauss, director of the IU Public Policy Institute, discusses foreclosure rates in Indiana, where foreclosure is most prevalent, how foreclosure affects neighboring areas and how public funding can help fix this growing problem.
A panel discussion, hosted by John Ketzenberger of The Indianapolis Star
, includes Stephanie Katich, an attorney from Indiana Legal Services; Kalynn Lenfers, a housing counselor from HOPE of Evansville; and Todd Donely, senior vice president of Fifth Third Mortgage Company. The panel discussion covers the process of foreclosure and the options available when you are having trouble paying your mortgage.
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Lori and Tim Crispo faced mortgage foreclosure after a disability but were able to work with Pathfinder Services to keep their home.
Abigail Lawlis Kuzma, director of consumer protection with the Indiana Attorney General Office, talks about consumer protection and how to look out for foreclosure consulting scams.
This panel, hosted by John Ketzenberger of The Indianapolis Star
, features Marion County Superior Court Judge Cynthia J. Ayers; Donna Sheline, senior vice president of housing policy and community advocacy with JP Morgan Chase; and Sherry Seiwert, executive director of Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. The discussion deals with the new programs available to assist people having trouble paying their mortgage and assisting the communities in which they live.
First-time home buyer Amanda Belcher turned around her finances and succeeded in purchasing her dream home by working with the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership.