When Mel Watt became director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency in January 2014, we hoped it would be a big step to help homeowners stay in their homes through principal reduction. Thousands of Home Defenders signed petitions asking him to put a temporary halt to foreclosures by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - the two mortgage giants he oversees - until he could change the mean-spirited rules of his predecessor that prohibited banks from negotiating win-win loan modifications with principal reduction.
Nine months later, he's done next to nothing to reduce foreclosures or negotiate with homeowners.
It's time to call Mel Watt. Tell him he needs to negotiate with homeowners.
MAKE THE CALL: 202-649-3001 or 202-649-3006
If you are routed to someone else, that's okay--we want them to know lots of people are calling! Here's a sample script:
"Hi, I'm calling for Director Watt. My name is ____________ and I'm calling from (city, state). I'm calling because we need Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to stop needless foreclosures, and the best way to do that is through principal reduction. Please change the rules at the FHFA to allow principal reduction and reduce foreclosures.”
Be polite, but be firm. Now is the time for Mel Watt to do the right thing.
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