An Assessment of Foreclosure Mitigation Efforts After Six Months
The Congressional Oversight Panel's October oversight report, "An Assessment of Foreclosure Mitigation Efforts after Six Months," expresses concern about the limited scope and scale of the Making Home Affordable program and questions whether Treasury's strategy will lead to permanent mortgage modifications for many homeowners.
Rising unemployment, weak home prices, and impending mortgage rate resets still threaten to cast millions of Americans out of their homes, with devastating effects on families, local communities, and the broader economy. One in eight mortgages is currently in foreclosure or default, and this crisis is estimated to produce 10 to 12 million foreclosures. While Treasury is still in the early stages of implementing its centerpiece foreclosure mitigation program, called the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), the Panel raises concerns about the program's scale, scope, and permanence.