Caring in Action – Communities
The recent housing crisis threatened the economic viability of entire communities. “Caring in Action” means working with all community stakeholders to maintain the quality of life in their communities.
By helping our customers stay in their homes and protect their largest asset, we are helping keep neighborhoods intact and communities strong.
Engaging Communities Through Partnership
Caring for the Community
A Model for The Industry
Doing The Right Thing
COMMUNITY ADVISORY COUNCIL
In 2014, we brought together several leading agencies to create the Ocwen Community Advisory Council which provides a forum to share ideas, discuss policy issues, and collaboratively seek opportunities for us to make a difference in local areas (especially communities of color and borrowers with limited English proficiency) through loan modifications.
Members of our Community Advisory Council include:
Through confidential one-on-one counseling and group education, HomeFree-USA and their national network of over 60 partner agencies helps Ocwen borrowers to both understand their mortgages and to prevent foreclosure. HomeFree-USA is a leading HUD-approved homeownership development, foreclosure prevention, and credit improvement organization. Visit www.homefreeusa.org to learn more about how HomeFree-USA and their affiliates across the country. Ocwen borrowers seeking assistance with their mortgage, including applying for a loan modification, can call 1-855-493-4002 to speak with a HUD-certified counselor.
As part of their important advocacy work, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Ocwen are proud to work together to support homeownership and prevent foreclosures through efforts like the successful Help & Hope for Homeowners event series. For additional details about the NAACP, please visit www.naacp.org.
Ocwen is proud to work with the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and its Homeownership Network affiliates who have helped over 578,000 families with their housing counseling needs since 1997. Ocwen borrowers looking for assistance with their mortgage or interested in applying for a loan modification can reach out to expert housing counselors at 855-209-0812. Learn more about NCLR and its affiliate partners across the country at www.nhn.org.
Community Outreach Programs
Ocwen participates in a variety of community outreach and homeowner assistance programs and events with local and national organizations around the country. We are particularly focused on areas still suffering the effects of the 2008 housing crisis. As a company, Ocwen is always seeking new and innovative ways to reach our homeowners, better serve their unique needs, and find solutions that will improve their lives.
Some of our recent community outreach activities include:
Working with the NAACP
Ocwen has joined together with NAACP state conferences around the country to host “Help & Hope for Homeowners” events for struggling borrowers. The series gives Ocwen homeowners the opportunity to receive one-on-one in-person support from Ocwen Home Retention Agents and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-approved financial counselors to find personalized solutions to help them remain in their homes.
Ocwen and the NAACP have hosted the following “Help & Hope for Homeowners” events:
- October 8, 2016 – Sacramento, California
- September 10, 2016 – Des Moines, Washington
- June 4, 2016 – Delray Beach, Florida
- November 14, 2015 – Upper Marlboro, Maryland
- September 26, 2015 – Uniondale, New York
- June 20, 2015 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- May 16, 2015 – Chicago, Illinois
Click here for dates and locations of upcoming events.
Plan to Assist Milwaukee Homeowners
Ocwen and the City of Milwaukee announced a new initiative in January designed to provide substantial assistance to Milwaukee homeowners through a five-part plan designed to reduce blight over the next three years. Ocwen plans to enhance its efforts to grant loan modifications to Ocwen customers in Milwaukee and help qualified people reduce their mortgage payments and avoid foreclosure. Ocwen will also make a $225,000 donation to support Milwaukee’s Strong Homes Loan Program.
Partnering with Local Community Organizations
Ocwen maintains relationships with community organizations in neighborhoods around the country. We partner with them regularly to organize events and programs for homeowners to explore possible mortgage solutions face-to-face with qualified counselors. This effort is part of Ocwen’s continued outreach to bring real solutions to struggling homeowners across the U.S. Our list of partners and programs is always growing. Continue to check back to see when we will be in your community next!
We are working with local and national housing policy and counseling organizations to finalize the upcoming events schedule that will provide homeowners access to special resources and support in their communities. Please check back in the coming weeks to see when we will be in your community.