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VA’s Proactive Stance: A Six-Month Reprieve from Foreclosures

In a decisive move to protect veterans and servicemembers with VA Loans, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has instituted a six-month freeze on foreclosures. This proactive decision, spurred by an investigative report from NPR, aims to shield thousands of veterans facing the looming threat of losing their homes through circumstances beyond their control.

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VA’s Commitment to Keeping Veterans in Their Homes

Highlighting the significance of supporting veterans and their families, VA Press Secretary Terrence Hayes emphasized, “Helping Veterans and their families stay in their homes is a top priority at VA.” This commitment has translated into a compelling directive to mortgage servicers, mandating a freeze on foreclosures for VA-guaranteed loans until May 31, 2024.

Unraveling the Forbearance Dilemma

Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress introduced a forbearance program designed to assist individuals experiencing income loss. Initially offering a temporary halt on mortgage payments for six or 12 months, the program provided a lifeline for homeowners to regain financial stability. However, in a pivotal move in October 2022, the VA terminated a critical aspect of the program, leaving veterans without an affordable means to catch up on mortgage payments.

Urgent Senate Plea

After NPR brought attention to the impending crisis, a group of senators, including Sherrod Brown, Jon Tester, Jack Reed, and Tim Kaine, penned a letter urgently urging VA Secretary Denis McDonough to immediately halt foreclosures. They underscored that the dire situation was never the intent of Congress when establishing pandemic-related measures.

VA’s Innovative Approach

In response to the growing crisis, the VA announced a foreclosure pause essential for continuing assistance while launching their latest home retention option. This innovative approach involves the VA purchasing loans from current holders, modifying them, and managing them within a VA-owned loan portfolio. VA Press Secretary Terrence Hayes expressed confidence in this strategy, stating, “This will empower us to work with Veterans experiencing severe financial hardship to adjust their loans – and their monthly payments – so they can keep their homes.”

Accessing Support

Josh Jacobs, the VA’s Under Secretary for Benefits, emphasized the agency’s dedication to veterans facing financial challenges. He encouraged struggling veterans to explore available resources by visiting VA housing assistance or calling 877-827-3702. In a separate statement, Jacobs reassured veterans that the VA would exhaust every available avenue to ensure they can retain their homes, underscoring the agency’s unwavering commitment to their well-being. This decisive move by the VA not only protects homes but also exemplifies a dedication to the principles set by Congress for the benefit of those who have served our nation.

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  1. They lie… you die. Advocate for cash payments, insurance cards, and even AI could provide better mental health counseling at VA because many of the doctors there are crazy themselves and polluted by bad politics in USA. The game is deadly.

  2. The VA’s statement also raised questions about how voluntary compliance with the directive was, said Peter Idziak, an attorney at Polunsky Beitel Green.

    “They’re ‘calling on servicers’ to stop foreclosures until May 31, of 2024, and that, to me, is a little bit — as a lawyer — less strict than ‘we are updating our policies,'” he said.

    Seems like the VA just asked for a pause in foreclosures.

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