NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania is pleased to be participating in the StopHomeScams.org campaign.
StopHomeScams.org is a national public education initiative led by NeighborWorks America with support from the Wells Fargo Foundation, National Fair Housing Alliance, and National Foundation for Credit Counseling designed to help protect consumers by empowering them to take action and protect their home and community from scammers. The goal is for consumers to Know the signs, Get the facts, and Stop home scams.
The economic impact of COVID-19 has made housing security even more uncertain for many Americans. With a patchwork of forbearance and rental assistance programs scheduled to end and up to 21% of renters at risk of eviction, many families are seeking solutions and finding themselves at risk of being taken advantage of through questionable programs and unscrupulous actors, until it is too late.
“We want to emphasize how important it is for consumers to know the signs of a housing scam and quickly report any scam activities,” said Marietta Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of NeighborWorks America. “The Stop Home Scams initiative is making it easier for homeowners and renters in distress to protect themselves and help shut down scammers.”
Here are three key consumer tips for avoiding scammers — find more tips and guidance on StopHomeScams.org:
•Avoid promises of success or anyone who guarantees to assist with payment or prevent foreclosure or eviction.
•Avoid companies that tell you to stop paying your rent or mortgage. Being told to stop paying is a sure sign of a scam.
•Reach out to your landlord or mortgage company when you are struggling with your monthly payments to ask any questions or share concerns about your home.
“Our homeownership counseling and coaching services help to teach prospective homeowners about the dangers of housing-related scams, so our participation in the Stop Home Scams initiative is a great extension of our work,” Jesse Ergott, President & CEO of NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania, said of the effort. “Consumers in our area of service will see lots of helpful content from us on social media, and through other avenues, during the course of the campaign.”
Consumers and partners can access StopHomeScams.org to find educational resources to help recognize and report a housing scam. In addition to scam awareness tips, StopHomeScams.org provides links to state and national partner resources to support consumers and assist them in finding assistance for their individual needs. NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania staff are also available for interviews regarding the topic of combating home scams.