New Multilingual Public Awareness Campaign to Stem Foreclosure Rescue Scams

Despite soaring home prices in the Bay Area, many homeowners, particularly in communities of color, are finding themselves left out of the recovery from the foreclosure crisis. The largest mortgage servicers continue to deny loan modifications to qualified homeowners, and homeowners are still falling victim to foreclosure rescue scams, which are often targeted at individuals with limited English proficiency.
Organizations have joined together to launch a public awareness campaign to ensure residents in neighborhoods that are deeply impacted by the foreclosure crisis have the necessary information to make informed decisions about their financial and housing future.
As part of the campaign, the organizations have released a series of videos, appearing in local ethnic media in several languages, featuring families who share their personal stories about facing foreclosure and discuss how accessing services at local agencies ensured their financial future and solvency.
"These videos show there is safe, knowledgeable help for homeowners that works and is free," says Maeve Elise Brown, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA) in Oakland.
The videos can be accessed here:

The Tatatakamotonga Family's Story:  

The Camelo Family's Story:  

The Jones Family's Story:  

The Castillo Family's Story:

The videos were commissioned by HERA, which worked with the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County , Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto , and Able Works to produce the stories. The San Francisco Foundation funded this work to support projects and initiatives that help families avoid displacement, protect family and community assets, and preserve and stabilize neighborhoods in the Bay Area's five county region.
For more information, please contact Anna Challet at or 415-503-4170.


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