HAMP Mortgage Modification Program Still No Help
The Obama administration announced more disappointing numbers for its signature anti-foreclosure initiative and said Thursday that it would continue to withhold payments from two banks running the program.
Just 14,000 homeowners received trial modifications under the Home Affordable Modification Program in July, the fewest of any month since shortly after the program's launch early in 2009. The previous low came in June. (The Treasury Department, which oversees HAMP, said 22,079 modifications in total have been reported since the June numbers came out, but some of those modifications happened in previous months.) The administration also released its second quarterly review of homeowner treatment by banks and companies that service mortgages, finding that Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase have continued to do such a bad job that incentive payments for completed modifications would be withheld.
"While tens of thousands of additional homeowners benefit from the administration's programs each month, we need to keep the pressure on servicers to effectively assist those homeowners who are still struggling and eligible for assistance," said Treasury official Tim Massad in a statement. "These assessments provide an unprecedented level of information about servicer performance and are designed to help more eligible homeowners walk away from this process with better results."
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