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Foreclosure Crisis

Info for those with foreclosure issues

Foreclosures continue to affect large populations.  The links below direct you to websites where you will find a variety of foreclosure-related information and services. Most services and resources are free.

http://www.keepyourhomecalifornia.org/  CalHFA Mortgage Assistance Corporation maintains a "Keep Your Home California" Program to assist low and modest-income familes stay in their homes. For homeowners whose mortgage servicing company has an agreement with CALHFA MAC (CAL HFA Mortgage Assistance Corporation).  A homeowner cannot receive assistance through this program if their servicer has not signed an agreement with CalHFA MAC. Check on http://www.keepyourhomecalifornia.org/participating.htm for a list of participating servicers.

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/topics/avoiding_foreclosure  This is the main portal to the Department of Housing and Urban Development's information to avoid foreclosure.  Provides links and descriptions to various federal housing relief programs.

http://www.makinghomeaffordable.gov/ This site is maintained by the federal government and provides tools to assist homeowners in locating appropriate home loans.  Contact information for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) loan counselors is also easily accessible from this site.  Additional general mortgage resources and links are also available.

http://lawhelpca.org/ This premier and well-known website continues to provide Californians with both referrals and self-help resources in the areas of foreclosure prevention, homeownership and predatory lending.

For California tenants whose landlords are being foreclosed upon visit the Tenants Together foreclosure webpage.

Note: California is not participating in Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Emergency Homeowner Loan Program (EHLP) Program. 

In addition, Congress passed the "Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership Act" (HEARTH). This law promises to reform Federal leasing requirements and encourage housing and community development in Native American communities. See National American Indian Housing Council's website for more info.

Tax Corner

  • Per Cap Distribution of Funds Held in Trust by Dept. of the Interior

    IRS guidance concerning the federal income tax treatment of per capita distributions made to members of Indian tribes from funds held in trust by the Secretary of the Interior. Comments re notice due Sept. 17, 2014.

     
  • FTB 'Tribal Source' refund process

    Process for submitting a claim for a refund of income tax that was improperly assessed.

     
  • FTB Tribal Consultation re 'live on/off' reservation

    FTB held a Sept. 18th meeting to discuss recommendations re how to determine if tribal member lives on/off reservation. This may be the only public comment session. See FTB recommendation and read a transcript of the meeting.

     
  • Taxing Indian Country: Regulation 1616

    Effective Feb 10, 2012 the California Board of Equalization implemented a law re: Property Used in Tribal Self-Governance. On July 6, 2012 they issued a formal letter for landless tribes to claim exemption from sales/use tax. See Oct. 2012 Notice.

     

Newsflash

Board of Trustees positions

CILS seeks community representatives for the CILS Board of Trustees. Please read our Announcement.

FCC Seeks Nominations For Tribal Government Representatives To Serve On The FCC-Native Nations Broadband Task Force

Please read their Public Notice.

ICWA notice in probate guardianships decision

Click here to read the Oct. 2013 decision.

Adoptive Couple v Baby Girl Slip Opinion

Click here for Supreme Court decision.

Questions about the Cobell Settlement?

Contact their toll free number 1-800-961-6109 or visit their website.

DOI Land Buy-Back Program Website

Click here to view the site launched August 2013.

Prevent foreclosure: know your rights!

Click here for more info. 


ICWA Benchguide

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