The initial reaction by nonprofit housing counselors across the nation to the announcement that Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan were going to call the chief executives of the 25 largest mortgage servicers on the carpet on July 28 was very positive.

We have since learned that neither secretary will be at the meeting and no CEOs will be attending. Unless major decision makers are at the table, our foreclosure environment will not change substantively, the Making Home Affordable Program will not realize its purpose, foreclosures will continue to rise and be a drag on the economy and millions of homeowners will be left stuck without help or hope. To further ensure that Making Home Affordable is successful, nonprofit counseling organizations that fully represent the diversity of our nation must be heard, respected and engaged in the solution.

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