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Housing Help Comes to North Las Vegas

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Money is now available for North Las Vegas residents who need financial help to stay in their home. The City of North Las Vegas just received $677,700 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Through the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program, residents can now get financial help for moving costs, security deposits, utility deposits and rent to help them regain stability.

However, families will have to qualify for the financial help. The family must be facing eviction, homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The household income must be at or below 50-percent of the area's median income.

You can call several nonprofit agencies to learn more about the qualifications:

Help of Southern Nevada: (702) 217-2445
HopeLink in Henderson: (702) 566-0576
Lutheran Social Services: (702) 639-1730
City of North Las Vegas: (702) 229-4273

Family Approved for Loan Modification After Eviction

LAS VEGAS -- Gary and Paulette Stelton look through the mortgage paperwork of their old North Las Vegas home.

Last year, Paulette fell ill. Medical expenses swamped them. They tried to renegotiate their home loan with IndyMac Mortgage Services. Instead, IndyMac began foreclosure.

The Steltons now rent a home.

What they didn't expect was a call from IndyMac this week congratulating them on being approved for a loan modification several months after IndyMac changed the locks.

"I wish the guy would have been here. I would have beat the living hell out of him -- I'm sorry. They played games with us each and every month," said Gary Stelton.

Ian Hirsch, with Fortress Credit Services, says IndyMac is one of the worst banks doing business in Nevada.

"Specifically with IndyMac Bank, I tell people that they have a loan with the devil," he said.