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Community and Home Improvement Division Stands by Oakland County Families

Public Date: 11/8/2011 12:00 AM
Contact: Steve Huber, Marketing and Communications Officer, Economic Development and Community Affairs
Phone Number: 248-858-1848

Pontiac, Michigan -- By phone or in person, nearly 3,000 Oakland County residents reached out to the Oakland County Community & Home Improvement Division (OCCHI) for help with housing problems. During the program year ending Sept. 30, Oakland County housing counselors met with 879 clients in person and over 2,000 people by phone. More than 75 percent of the clients served were low income residents.

"Hundreds of Oakland County families have been able to remain in their homes because they sought the assistance of our Community & Home Improvement staff," said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. "It's a testament to the outstanding dedication and professionalism of our housing counselors."

During the year, 403 clients sought help with foreclosures. "Our counseling successes included bringing mortgages current, modifying terms of the mortgage, and negotiating repayment plans, mortgage write-offs and settlement offers from lenders,” said OCCHI Manager Karry Rieth. “Others were able to receive a deed-in-lieu, short sale, partial claim, or bankruptcy. Only 38 homeowners counseled suffered actual full foreclosure and eviction."

OCCHI also helps seniors seeking reverse mortgages to remain in their home and households interested in purchasing a home through pre-purchase homebuyer education workshops.  Other housing consumers contacted housing counselors for help with home improvements, tenancy issues, budgeting, credit repair, tax foreclosure and refinancing.

Since 1975, the Community & Home Improvement Division has used federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to improve the lives of Oakland County's residents and communities. These federal grants bring the needed dollars to improve houses, revitalize neighborhoods and provide vital human services to low and moderate-income residents in 51 participating communities. For more information, visit the Oakland County Community & Home Improvement website at or call 248-858-5402.