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Bringing Justice to the Downtrodden

One of the first things you notice upon entering Holy Family Catholic Church off Ferndale Road is a large bin for food donations to supply the parish’s food pantry. Read more about Bringing Justice to the Downtrodden

VOICE Gets Commitment From Banks in Foreclosure Fight

Prince William County area activists continue to work with financial institutions on solving the area's foreclosure crisis. At an event Sunday, Bank of America pledged money to pay for three HUD-certified housing counselors. Read more about VOICE Gets Commitment From Banks in Foreclosure Fight

Foreclosure Help on NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt

In our second half hour, we spoke with Rev. Keith Savage, and Rev. Clyde Ellis of VOICE. The organization is helping victims of the foreclosure crisis in Prince William County, and making sure big banks are being held accountable for their role. Read more about Foreclosure Help on NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt

Interfaith group seeks help from banks in housing crisis

Members from more than 40 religious institutions across Northern Virginia are asking some of the country’s largest banks to commit to helping rebuild neighborhoods that have been devastated by housing foreclosures. Read more about Interfaith group seeks help from banks in housing crisis

In Woodbridge, Foreclosures Hit Hard

The foreclosure crisis is striking Prince William County, Va. particularly hard and homeowners there are demanding banks work with the community to stem the tide.

Homeowners in Woodbridge are furious with big banks. Many families report that banks have lost their payment information or their mortgage papers, yet the financial institutions still proceed with foreclosures anyway. On top of that, 6,000 families are behind on their mortgage payments, even though interest rates are at historic lows. Read more about In Woodbridge, Foreclosures Hit Hard

As Foreclosures Surge, Help Is Often Hard to Find

President Obama's new plan to help millions of people stay in their homes by refinancing their mortgages at low rates raised hopes of easing the housing crisis.

But federal budget cuts have sharply reduced the number of housing counselors who can help distressed homeowners in the nation's hardest hit communities. Banks that own the properties are slow to pick up the tab. Read more about As Foreclosures Surge, Help Is Often Hard to Find

Probing Pr. William foreclosures, group sees widespread irregularities, ‘robo-signed’ papers

Lenders may have foreclosed on hundreds of homeowners in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park using unreliable, “robo-signed” documents, according to a report by the group Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement. Read more about Probing Pr. William foreclosures, group sees widespread irregularities, ‘robo-signed’ papers

VOICE shouts for foreclosure change

Luis Lemus is more than just a college student and activist for Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement.

He is also the spokesperson for families in Prince William County staring down the barrel of foreclosure thanks to potentially fraudulent practices associated with robo-signing. Read more about VOICE shouts for foreclosure change

Prince William Residents Blame Robo-signing For Rash Of Foreclosures

Prince William County has the highest rate of foreclosures in Virginia, and residents of one neighborhood who blame the foreclosure rate on the practice of 'robo-signing,' are demanding accountability from the banks and an investigation by state officials. At the height of the foreclosure crunch, approximately 25 percent of homes in the Georgetown South development in Manassas were foreclosed and vacant. Read more about Prince William Residents Blame Robo-signing For Rash Of Foreclosures

Homeownership Gets a VOICE

The Georgetown South Community was built in the mid 1960s and was considered a standout neighborhood at the time. It was the first of its kind—row houses built in the likeness of Georgetown on the Potomac River.

Fast forward several years; past the real estate crash and foreclosure crisis and that same neighborhood of 860 units has 75 vacant properties. Read more about Homeownership Gets a VOICE

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