Facing the Mortgage Crisis – We’ve Moved

June 29, 2009

Today, we transitioned our Facing the Mortgage Crisis Web site to a new, more interactive platform. Please visit www.stlmortgagecrisis.org for the same updates and content you’ve become used to finding here:



More “Facing the Mortgage Crisis” Programming from KWMU

June 29, 2009

On Friday KWMU continued its “Facing the Mortgage Crisis” programming.  Repps Hudson examines several common misconceptions homeowners have when it comes to mortgage payments and foreclosure.  He also reports on how financial counselors are adapting to the increase in foreclosures since 2008. 

The report also includes one woman’s experience with predatory lenders and how she managed to save her home from foreclosure.  You can listen to the entire segment online HERE.  Don’t forget to stay tuned to KWMU-90.7 FM for more from this ongoing series.

Living St. Louis Spotlight on Credit Counseling

June 18, 2009

KETC’s Living St. Louis program recently featured a segment on credit counseling.  Producer Ruth Ezell follows the story of Laurie Ferrer and her family.  Like many other Americans, Laurie and her husband became dependent on their credit cards.  The Ferrer family was no longer able to pay the minimum balances on all their cards and their interest rates kept getting higher; eventually their debt became too much to handle.

But Laurie and her family sought help, and they found a solution to their debt problems at ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions (formerly known as ClearPoint Financial Solutions).  ClearPoint’s counseling services have already helped the Ferrer’s decrease their debt by 25% and they expect to be debt-free in three years.

You can watch the entire Living St. Louis segment HERE, or by watching the video below. 

If you or someone you know need credit counseling, call United Way’s 2-1-1 Referral Service at (800) 427-4626—they’ll help connect you with trusted resources.  You can also contact one of our partners, ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions, for help with credit card debt.

KWMU and Facing the Mortgage Crisis

April 30, 2009

KWMU, our St. Louis NPR station, is now partnering with us on Facing the Mortgage Crisis.  We’re excited to have them as our partner on this project–they’ve already aired a few reports about the mortgage crisis, and you can check those out by clicking HERE

Keep an eye (and an ear!) out for more on Facing the Mortgage Crisis from KWMU, 90.7FM.

Mortgage Scams

April 20, 2009

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported today that the Missouri attorney general is suing two companies they believe are involved with mortgage scams.  To read the full article, CLICK HERE.

Over the summer Ruth Ezell did a Living St. Louis segment on mortgage scams.  You can check out the video below.

Legitimate housing counseling agencies won’t contact you or send out advertisements.  Their services also shouldn’t cost anything.  You should be wary of any company that seeks you out and/or that is charging you a lot of money for housing counseling.

If you or someone you know is facing foreclosure, make sure you use a HUD-certified housing counseling agency.  To find one, call United Way’s 2-1-1 Referral Service at (800) 427-4626.

Stephen Acree, Regional Housing and Community Development Alliance

April 1, 2009

In March we talked to Stephen Acree, Executive Director and President of Regional Housing and Community Development Alliance (RHCDA). During our interview, we discussed the new stimulus package and the St. Louis region. We’ve featured Mr. Acree in the Community Voices section of our site, and to see the rest of Mr. Acree’s clips CLICK HERE.

In this video, Mr. Acree talks about how the stimulus package will impact development in our region.

My Career Search: Lauren Schwarze, Week 2

March 20, 2009

Hi everyone,

It’s week 2 of my career search, so here’s another video.  Last week was spring break, and I took the time off to apply to 15 jobs.  Unfortunately, the only response I got was to tell me that one of the companies I’d applied to wasn’t hiring. 

At first, I was pretty disappointed, but I’m not going to let it get me down.  I’m going to stay positive, and I’m going to keep trying and keep applying to jobs.