The Housing Justice Foundation is a non-profit organization in West Palm Beach, Florida, dedicated to finding alternatives to foreclosures.
We are committed to telling the truth about predatory lending, fraud in the mortgage securitization process and fraud in loan documentation.
Rather than a solution to the housing crisis, foreclosures are a blunt, transient fix to a complex problem. Foreclosures destroy families, neighborhoods, and force home values down, hurting the entire community.
We support loan modifications with principal reductions to fair market value.
We believe that bank executives and securities company executives who commit crimes should be prosecuted, and that crimes were committed and continue to be committed in mortgage foreclosures nationwide and worldwide.
Goals of The Housing Justice Foundation
END avoidable foreclosures that displace families, drive down home prices and destroy communities.
REQUIRE banks to modify mortgages to fair market value to avoid foreclosures.
REQUIRE banks to fairly compensate victims of foreclosures obtained with fraudulent mortgage assignments.
REQUIRE county clerks to put systems in place to prevent widespread use of fraudulent documents to foreclose.
REQUIRE banks, Fannie and Freddie to properly maintain the homes they own, and pay their taxes as all other homeowners.
REQUIRE every bank, mortgage-backed trust, and government entity to file an Assignment of Mortgage within 60 days of the time they claim to have acquired the mortgage.
REQUIRE the clerk of the court or county recorders to file every mortgage assignment under the name of the homeowner, as well as the grantor and grantee – so that all homeowners have notice of any transfer of mortgage.
PROSECUTE any individual or entity that files any robo-signed, surrogate-signed or otherwise deceptive mortgage documents in the official county records or in any foreclosure proceeding.
Housing Justice Foundation was founded in 2012 by Lynn E. Szymoniak, a mortgage document fraud whistleblower. The HJF Directors include Rachael Brown, Mark E. Cullen, Zach Cullen and Lynn Szymoniak.
Please note, The Housing Justice Foundation is not a law firm and does not provide representation for individual homeowners. For attorneys who may represent you, please refer to our Resources page.
Lynn Szymoniak is an attorney who has been active in the South Florida area for thirty years. From cases ranging from civil rights issues, insurance fraud, and election procedures, Lynn Szymoniak has a reputation for being a dogged defender of justice and has been called as an expert witness for the United States Government. In 2010, facing foreclosure after being forced from work by breast cancer and to care for her ailing mother, Lynn Szymoniak noticed inconsistencies in the banks paperwork. This lead to the discovery of the illegal practice known as ‘robo-signing,’ where banks fake needed signatures to foreclose on homes. Lynn Szymoniak sued on behalf of the government, forcing the banks to date to pay out over $95 Million to HUD to be used for foreclosure relief, allowing people behind on their mortgages to find a way to stay in their homes. Lynn Szymoniak took her share of the settlement and founded the Housing Justice Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping the victims of foreclosure fraud and exposing the crimes of predatory lenders.
Zachary Cullen is a Director and Vice President of The Housing Justice Foundation, and one of the organizations founding members. He graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2007. He is currently focused on housing issues in Palm Beach County and the operation of The Housing Justice Foundation.
Rachael Brown is the Treasurer and Co-Director of Housing Justice Foundation. Since graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008, Rachael has worked in property management and Non-Profit business administration.
Mark Elliot Cullen is the Co-Director of The Housing Justice Foundation and one of the founding members. In 2008, Mark earned his B.A. in Professional and Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2012, Mark received a Masters in Fine Arts from The New School. He currently works full time for Housing Justice and is pursuing independent study in literature. He is particularly interested in media representations of the housing crisis.