Much of the foreclosure crisis has been told as a tale of wicked banks and self-indulgent homeowners. But Paul Kiel has uncovered a horrendous three year struggle of a woman who made mistakes but did not deserve to end up living in a tent in Hawaii.
The dust is beginning to settle after the federal government and 49 states agreed to settle with five banks over allegations of fraudulent foreclosure documents. The deal will pay homeowners who lost their homes some money and will allow people facing foreclosure the opportunity to have the interest or the principal lowered on their mortgages. But how much impact can that make? And will it only speed up the process of getting more homes onto the market, which will push prices even lower?
On Monday President Obama will announce plans in Las Vegas to revamp the Housing Affordable Refinance Program. But reporters at ProPublica say there is little chance that this do over will work any better than the slew of other mortgage programs that have barely touched the problem.