Funds for this program are limited. The last day for application submission to North Carolina Housing Finance Agency is July 31, 2019, by 5:00 PM so act quickly.

 

Thank you for visiting the WPCOG Foreclosure Prevention web site.  We hope you find this information useful and convenient to use. If you should require assistance in using this site and/or leveraging the resources described herein, please do not hesitate to complete and submit the form found under the "Information Request" section located to the right. A WPCOG Foreclosure Prevention Specialist will be more than happy to contact you. The Western Piedmont Council of Governments is a non-profit, HUD-certified housing counseling agency which offers foreclosure prevention assistance and housing counseling at no charge.

 

In the mean time, if you are facing a foreclosure, please remember these tips:
 

  1. Don't Panic, Take Action, Contact Your Mortgage Lender
    You can find your lender’s contact information on your monthly mortgage statement or coupon book. The lender has workout options in place to assist you in avoiding foreclosure such as a loan modification, forbearance, and repayment plan. Open and respond to all contact from your lender. If you ignore their notices or phone calls they may proceed with foreclosure action.
     

  2. Prioritize Your Spending
    Create a crisis budget.  Prioritize your mortgage payment. Review your finances and see where you can cut spending in order to make your mortgage payment. Delay making payments to any “unsecured” debts or credit cards until after the you have made your mortgage payment.
     

  3. Avoid Foreclosure Prevention Companies
    Beware any loan modification companies that guarantee an outcome or charge a fee. They cannot guarantee a modification! Only your lender can approve or deny a loan modification or other workout.  You can work with a HUD-certified housing counseling agency for free. If you fall for a loan modification scam, you can file a complaint with the NC Department of Justice

 

The WPCOG Foreclosure Prevention Counseling services operate under the guidance of two programs; one state and one federal:

 

  • NC Foreclosure Prevention Fund
    The N.C. Foreclosure Prevention Fund helps North Carolina homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage due to job loss or other temporary financial hardships, such as divorce, illness or death of a co-borrower. The fund also assists returning veterans transitioning to civilian life. If you qualify, the Fund can pay up to $36,000 towards your mortgage and related expenses for up to 18 months while you search for work or complete job training. If you are re-employed but earning less so you are still struggling to pay your mortgage, the Fund may still be able to help by reducing your principal loan balance so that your monthly payments are more affordable.

 

  • We offer the Fund in partnership with the N.C. Housing Finance Agency using funds from the U.S. Treasury. The Fund provides assistance at no cost to you. To learn more about the N.C. Foreclosure Prevention Fund™, go to www.ncforeclosureprevention.gov.
     

  • HUD Certified Counseling
    HUD-approved housing counseling agencies are available to provide you with the information and assistance you need to avoid foreclosure. As part of President Obama's comprehensive Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan (HASP), you may be eligible for a special Making Home Affordable loan modification or refinance, to reduce your monthly payments and help you keep your home.


When you arrive at the WPCOG offices for your first Foreclosure Prevention Counseling session, you will need to bring the following information for both you and your spouse:
 

  • Hardship letter: a written letter to your mortgage company explaining why you are unable to pay your current mortgage or have fallen behind in your payments

  • Recent mortgage statement

  • Current property tax bill and homeowner’s insurance declaration page (if it is NOT escrowed)

  • Bank statements for the most recent two months for any open checking or savings accounts ALL PAGES

  • Income statements (paycheck stubs) for the most recent two months (for you, your spouse and/or anyone else contributing to household finances)

  • If you are SELF-EMPLOYED, we will need a Profit and Loss statement for most recent quarter or year-to-date

  • If you are UNEMPLOYED and RECEIVE UNEMPLOYMENT INCOME, we will need your Wage Transcript and Monetary Determination, your claim profile, and your benefit history

  • Letter of contribution from spouse (if spouse did not sign the loan application)

  • All monthly bill statements (utilities, telephone, cable, insurance, etc.) for the most recent month

  • Award/Proof Letter for Disability Income, Social Security Income, alimony, child support and/or food stamps

  • Federal Tax Returns for 2010 and 2011 including W2’s/1099’s – SIGN PAGE 2 OF 1040 (Copies are available AT NO COST from the local IRS office)

  • Quit Claim Deed, legal separation or divorce papers, death certificate of spouse, if applicable

  • Notice of Foreclosure Hearing and/or 45-day Notice of Intent to Accelerate, if applicable

  • Click here for other related forms

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Please enter information about your specific foreclosure prevention situation. Upon completing the form, please select the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page and your information and request will be forwarded to one of our staff members who will be in touch within 48 hours.

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Telephone: ​828.322.9191

Fax: 828.322.5991

Email: jason.toney@wpcog.org
Mailing: P.O. Box 9026 | Hickory, NC 28603
Location: 1880 2nd Avenue NW
Hickory, NC 28601

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The Western Piedmont Council of Governments shall serve all local government members in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties with professional, cost-effective assistance on a variety of local, regional, state and federal issues and programs.

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