Thursday, March 18, 2010

A Family’s Journey to Avoid Foreclosure Gains National Attention

For over four years, Frank and Judi Viola struggled with a number of personal setbacks that nearly cost them their home near Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Frank suffered an injury that kept him from work for six months and he was dropped from the payroll. Then the mortgage adjusted upward and the Violas fell behind on their payments. They saw the sheriff put the dreaded foreclosure notice on their front door and their home of 22 years went up for sale.

Their story has a happy ending due to the help they received from Neighborhood Housing Services of Lackawanna County, a NeighborWorks America member organization. Now The Story, a national news program has called on them to share their good news with others.

Listen to their first-hand account of how their children and a community — and ultimately their lender — helped them avoid foreclosure.

More background is available here.