For the hundreds of thousands of homeowners who lost their homes to foreclosure, who felt robbed of their investment and lied to by the institutions that sold them on the American Dream, there is Good Grief America. The name sums up the frustration and disillusionment of former homeowners now trying to survive the aftershocks of the foreclosure crisis.
Nancie Koerber, along with Mark Thomas, started the nonprofit in August, an extension of the Southern Oregon Homeowner Support Group. The organization came together as a moral support group for homeowners in foreclosure and a way to find solutions, but soon became much more. It is now a a network focused on education and research into the causes and possible recourse to this catastrophic failure.
While it does not directly give legal or tax advice, Good Grief America brings together homeowners, lawyers, advocacy groups and political leaders to explore resource that will help people stay in their homes longer, or even permanently. It has trained hundreds of homeowners in Oregon on their rights and options, with more calling and writing for help every day.
Koerber, who lives in Central Point, spoke to Street Roots about Good Grief America and the trauma foreclosure is having on families and communities.
Joanne Zuhl: What stories were you hearing from homeowners that prompted you to launch Good Grief America? You talk about providing moral support for those suffering foreclosure loss. You speak of it as a grieving process. This is more than a material loss.
Nancie Koerber: Myself and my husband are homeowners that are dealing with the problem and we started talking to a few friends that were in the same situation. They invited a few more and the group has grown to over 400 families now in Oregon. We are also receiving calls from all over the nation. Continue reading