CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn Friday announced that one year after he launched the Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network (IFPN), more than a half-million people have connected to its "free" statewide resources to help keep their homes. "Free," as the governor's press release described, should rather say "taxpayer-funded."
“I launched the Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network to help give Illinois families the guidance they need to stay in their homes,” Governor Quinn said. “Knowledge is power. By accessing this free, centralized source of trustworthy information we can help homeowners do what’s best for their families, while strengthening communities and our economy.”
As a result of the IFPN, Quinn boasted that 561,000 people tapped foreclosure prevention help, the vast majority by simply visiting the website and calling the hotline. But 6300 homeowners received over $22,000 each in mortgage assistance. The governor listed:
•446,000 homeowners have accessed the IFPN website or the Illinois Hardest Hit program website.
•More than 60,700 people have called IFPN help hotlines.
•More than 44,500 homeowners have received homeownership counseling.
•More than 3,400 people have attended a series of IFPN workshops across the state.
•More than 6,300 homeowners have received mortgage payment assistance with $144.1 million in funds approved through the Illinois Hardest Hit program.
According to Quinn's figures, fellow taxpayers - likely struggling to keep their own mortgages paid during the housing crunch - generously supplemented 6,300 troubled neighbors from foreclosure with an average of $22,857 each.
The governor's office urges families to reach out to access "free" resources that have helped so many other homeowners across Illinois. All of the services are available by visiting www.keepyourhomeillinois.org, calling the toll-free hotline (1-855-KEEP-411), or visiting 80 counseling agencies throughout the state.