We speak your language – and many others

California is extremely diverse, with almost three of every five residents an ethnic minority – and you can hear just about any language spoken in the world, from Cantonese to Singhalese.

Many of these non-English speakers are homeowners, from Chinatown in San Francisco to Westminster’s Little Saigon in Orange County.

The far-ranging diversity makes the state special, but communication, especially with more than 100-plus languages spoken in the state, can be difficult. Non-English speaking families are just like many others, in desperate need of financial help to save their homes.

Well, Keep Your Home California counseling is available in many languages – and the state-run program can find translators when needed. Language should not be a barrier to get much-needed help from the federally funded program.

So, how do non-English speaking homeowners hear about Keep Your Home California? We certainly do our best to connect with homeowners through advertising – we currently have ads in six languages on Crossings TV, which serves Central California – and we translate news releases into five languages and distribute the information to ethnic media. We’ve also established http://www.conservatucasacalifornia.org/, a Spanish-language website featuring the same information as Keep Your Home California’s English site.

But we need your help. If you are bilingual and know of families or friends who don’t speak English and need mortgage assistance, please let them know about the counseling center and our services. The hardest part is getting the word out.

Once homeowners call the counseling center – 888-954-5337 – we can take it from there.

If you would like more information about Keep Your Home California, check http://www.keepyourhomecalifornia.org/(or http://www.conservatucasacalifornia.org/ in Spanish) or call 888-954-5337 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.