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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

fax: 503-823-3596

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Foreclosures disproportionately affect minority homeowners, new study finds

A recently released Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) study reports that an estimated 17% of Latino homeowners and 11% of African-American homeowners are at risk of losing their homes or have been foreclosed on already. The report predicts continued increases in foreclosure rates and home value decline.

An estimated 2.5 million homeowners experienced foreclosure between 2007 and 2009, the authors write, and another 5.7 million are on the way.

Their research also found that African-American and Latino homeowners were almost twice as likely to have lost their home as White homeowners.

In the past year, the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) has invested nearly $1 million in proven foreclosure prevention strategies, working with local non-profit partners to help the most vulnerable homeowners in our community stay in their homes.

PHB also supports "Operation Stolen Dreams," the nationwide effort to combat mortgage fraud. Last week, Nick spoke at a press conference announcing recent victories in the fight against mortgage fraud here in Oregon.

Click here for an executive summary of their study, or here for the full report.