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Our Faith Called Us To Address Foreclosure

We believe our faith community is called to share and respond to the struggles of our community--including foreclosure that impacted 120 of our parishioners. Six years ago, more than 120 people at our parish, Our Lady of Assumption, had homes in foreclosure. With the help of COPA, a local organization that receives funding from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, we engaged in research and house meetings around the foreclosure issue in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. We learned about how to run foreclosure workshops and met with city, county and state officials about the problem. We also worked with some of the bigger banks to set up face to face meetings between loan officers and homeowners to request loan modification or principal reduction. Finally, our hard work paid off when 74 homeowners were able to keep their homes. We engaged in this work because we believe that our faith community is called to share and respond to the real struggles and challenges of our parishioners.