White House honors housing counselors for work in industry


Monday, Mar 5 2012 5:12PM

The White House recently honored numerous housing counselors as part of the Champions of Change program, which spotlights advocates who greatly assist communities in need nationwide.

Together, the White House and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) honored 11 housing counselors for their efforts in being on the front lines of the foreclosure crisis by  helping families retain their home; helping prospective homeowners purchase homes they can afford; ensuring tenants understand their rights; and helping those hard hit by the recession restore their credit.

Two of the 11 housing counselors honored work for agencies that receive counseling funding from Rural Community Assistance Corporation.

Stella Matadama is a certified foreclosure intervention counselor and housing coordinator for Consumer Credit Counseling Service. She has bettered her community in Santa Ana California by facilitating foreclosure prevention workshops. Her background in community organizing, first-time homebuyer education, loan processor and housing counseling has led to her receiving other recognition for her work in the industry, including the 2011 Women Making a Difference Award from U.S. Senator Lou Correa.

Terry Galligan was also recognized by the Champions of Change program for more than 20 years of service in housing counseling for homeowners who are facing foreclosure, development of new single-family housing and rehabilitation of existing and owner-occupied homes. Serving as the housing director for Old Pueblo Community Services, he has helped more than 2,000 first-time buyers become homeowners.

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