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CalHFA Announces More Mortgage Relief for California Families

Earlier this month, the California Housing Financing Agency (CalHFA) and the Sacramento branch of NeighborWorks held a press conference at the state Capitol to announce the expansion of California’s mortgage relief program. “Over the past year, the California Mortgage Relief program has been helping Californians that are most vulnerable to overcome the financial challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Tiena Johnson Hall, executive director of the California Housing Finance Agency.

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Tiena Johnson Hall. Courtesy photo.
Tiena Johnson Hall. Courtesy photo.

By Aldon Thomas Stiles
California Black Media

Earlier this month, the California Housing Financing Agency (CalHFA) and the Sacramento branch of NeighborWorks held a press conference at the state Capitol to announce the expansion of California’s mortgage relief program.

“Over the past year, the California Mortgage Relief program has been helping Californians that are most vulnerable to overcome the financial challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Tiena Johnson Hall, executive director of the California Housing Finance Agency.

One of the major new changes to eligibility, CalHFA officials say, applies to those who own residences with up to four units. Those homeowners can now apply for assistance. Relief through the program has also extended to those with partial-claim second mortgages or loan deferrals from the beginning of 2020.

Additionally, for homeowners who have missed at least two mortgage payments or one property payment before March 1 of this year, the delinquency date for payments has been reset.

Previous beneficiaries of the program are now eligible for additional funds that could add up to $80,000 in total aid. Officials say the program is meant for those who have had trouble keeping up with housing payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding for the California Mortgage relief program comes from the federal government’s American Rescue Plan Act’s Homeowners Assistance Fund implemented in 2021, which allocated $1 billion for eligible homeowners across the country.

According to Hall, the program has distributed federal grants and funds to over 10,000 California homeowners.

Not only is applying to the program free, but she also says, homeowners do not have to worry about paying back the relief funds.

The program is provided to homeowners through the CalHFA Homeowner Relief Corporation.

During the press conference held in the first week of Black History Month, Hall made a point to mention that those who tend to struggle with homeownership in California and the nation at large are Black.

“Black communities have been shut out of homeownership by a variety of factors including discriminatory housing practices which equates to less generational wealth,” said Hall.

Homeownership is an incredibly important tool in building generational wealth, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Volma Volcy, founder and executive director of the Ring of Democracy, said it is important to secure the prosperity of neighborhoods where residents are at risk for foreclosure.

“When a family is displaced, a whole community is destroyed,” said Volcy.

Volcy also said that the California Mortgage Relief Program has been successful so far in providing aid for those in fear of losing their homes due to pandemic-related financial hardships.

Visit the California Mortgage Relief website to assess your eligibility and apply for the program.

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Oakland Post: Week of March 29 – April 4, 2023

The printed Weekly Edition of the Oakland Post: Week of March 29 – April 4, 2023

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National Coalition of 100 Black Women SF ‘Hats and Gloves’ Tea Returns

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The annual fundraiser gave guests an afternoon of sipping tea, sampling desserts and appetizers while exchanging stories, and sharing a special bond with other Black women in the community.

By Carla Thomas

Glamorous hats, St. John suits, Ferragamo shoes, and more glitzy fashion adorned some of the most powerful women in the San Francisco Bay Area at the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) SF Golden Girls Hats and Gloves Tea.

Themed “Bridging the Generations,” the event was held in the Venetian Room of the Nob Hill Fairmont Hotel on Saturday, March 11, where more than 400 women celebrated the beauty, strength and resilience of Black women.

Frances Cohen, president of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) SF chapter at the Golden Girls Hats and Gloves Tea. Photo by Carla Thomas.

Frances Cohen, president of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) SF chapter at the Golden Girls Hats and Gloves Tea. Photo by Carla Thomas.

The annual fundraiser gave guests an afternoon of sipping tea, sampling desserts and appetizers while exchanging stories, and sharing a special bond with other Black women in the community.

Guests also took pictures, participated in both silent and live auctions with proceeds benefitting the NCBW-SF’s educational, financial and civic programs. Due to the pandemic, the in-person tea event had been postponed for three years.

Ida Hurst is pretty in pink at the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) SF Golden Girls Hats and Gloves Tea. Photo by Carla Thomas.

Ida Hurst is pretty in pink at the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) SF Golden Girls Hats and Gloves Tea. Photo by Carla Thomas.

A passion-filled keynote speech by educator and community advocate Dr. Veronica Hunnicutt, founder of the Hunnicutt Foundation, encouraged established women to assist other women on their career, educational and political journeys.

“Were it not for the Honorable Doris Ward, I would not have had the numerous opportunities I’ve had,” Hunnicutt said. “Exercise your gifts, they will carry you far.”

Hunnicutt is also the author of the “Straight Talk,” book series to empower young Black men and women. Well known as an education change agent, she serves as dean for San Francisco City College’s Southeast campus in the Bay View district of the city.

During her speech, Hunnicutt humbly gave thanks to NCBW SF president Sharon Lee and shared the accomplishments of comrades and colleagues throughout the room. She also paid homage to her own mother for providing a solid foundation in life and for being a straight-forward parent.

Guests (l-r) Mary Cole, Barbara Henry and Mary Dixon show off their outfits at the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) SF Golden Girls Hats and Gloves Tea, “Bridging the Generations.”  Photo by Carla Thomas.

Guests (l-r) Mary Cole, Barbara Henry and Mary Dixon show off their outfits at the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) SF Golden Girls Hats and Gloves Tea, “Bridging the Generations.” Photo by Carla Thomas.

Honorees of excellence included Wanda M. Holland Green of The Hamlin School who was presented with the Education Award. Joi Jackson Morgan of Third Street Youth Center and Clinic received the Trailblazer Award, and the Community Service Award was presented to Shakirah Simley of the Booker T. Washington Community Service Center.

Ingrid Merriwether of Merriwether & Williams Insurance received the Entrepreneur Award and Aline Armstrong of the San Francisco Department of Public Health received the Health Award.

Dr. Veronica Hunnicutt praised her mother and Doris Ward in her keynote address for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) SF Golden Girls Hats and Gloves Tea. Photo by Carla Thomas.

Dr. Veronica Hunnicutt praised her mother and Doris Ward in her keynote address for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) SF Golden Girls Hats and Gloves Tea. Photo by Carla Thomas.

The Art Award was presented to visual artist, Karen Seneferu, founder of “The Black Woman is GOD” exhibit and the Advocacy Award was presented to Healing 4 Our Families & Our Nation founder, Mattie Scott. The Golden Girl Award was presented to Cathy Davis of the Bay View Senior Services Agency and the Golden State Warriors received the Corporate Award.

NCBW SF President, Sharon Lee said, “I am so grateful to have the opportunity to have our Tea in person and honor eight individuals and one corporation who have demonstrated their commitment to supporting our community.”

Dr. Veronica Hunnicutt, CEO of the Hunnicutt Foundation keynotes the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) SF Golden Girls Hats and Gloves Tea. Photo courtesy NCBW SF.

Dr. Veronica Hunnicutt, CEO of the Hunnicutt Foundation keynotes the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) SF Golden Girls Hats and Gloves Tea. Photo courtesy NCBW SF.

Health Committee Chair Carletta Jackson Lane said, “The thing I love most about our Tea is that it allows Black women to come together in one place to enjoy each other and celebrate each other as we raise funds for our community programming.”

Former president of the organization Maxine Hickman of Hickman Homes said, “our Tea gives us an opportunity to celebrate the best of us by awarding our honorees and raising funds for our year-round programming in education, health, economic empowerment, and public policy.”

The events program booklet featured an ad for the Doris Ward Workforce Job Training Program offering women ages 18-59 a paid leadership development skills course. For more information visit: ncbw-sf.org.

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State Attorney General Issues Consumer Alert for Storm Price Gouging

In response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s declaration of a state of emergency, California Attorney General Rob Bonta warned consumers that price gouging during the state’s series of storms is illegal. On Wednesday, Bonta issued a consumer alert reminding residents that it is against the law for sellers to increase prices by over 10%. The law applies to sellers with food, emergency or medical supplies, building materials and gasoline for sale.

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Attorney General Rob Bonta

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In response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s declaration of a state of emergency, California Attorney General Rob Bonta warned consumers that price gouging during the state’s series of storms is illegal.

 

On Wednesday, Bonta issued a consumer alert reminding residents that it is against the law for sellers to increase prices by over 10%. The law applies to sellers with food, emergency or medical supplies, building materials and gasoline for sale.

 

Also prohibited are extreme price spikes for reconstruction services, cleanup services, transportation services and rental housing and hotel accommodations.

 

Sellers are exempt from the prohibition if the price of labor, goods or materials have increased.

 

Violators are subject to fines up to $10,000 or a one-year county jail sentence, and civil penalities.

 

Californians who believe they were a victim of price gouging are urged to report the incident to local authorities or to Bonta’s office at oag.ca.gov/report.

 

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