I love it when things come together

Tuesday night, I worked on a post lamenting about the fact that there are more weight loss reality shows  (NBC’s The Biggest Loser, Discovery Health’s X-Weighted, and Oxygen’s new Dance Your @** Off) than there are debt reduction shows. In fact, the only money management reality show I know of is A&E’s Big Spender where host Larry Winget confronts people with spending and shopping problems.  I eventually couched my half-baked thoughts to find out what Jeff Lewis was up to on the new episode of Flipping Out.    

Today, I learned that house flipper Jeff Lewis and personal finance pit bull Larry Winget were both guests on Wednesday night’s Larry King Live episode about foreclosure.

As if that weren’t enough of a coincidence, Jeff repeatedly referred troubled homeowners to the HOPE Hotline (1-888-995-HOPE).  Well, guess what?  My organization has been selected by the Homeownership Preservation Foundation (HPF), the national nonprofit counseling organization that operates the 888-995-HOPE Hotline, to provide foreclosure counseling services to homeowners. It’s a small, small world.

If you saw Wednesday’s episode of Larry King Live, share your thoughts about Jeff and Larry’s appearance through the comments section.

Kim McGrigg is the former Manager of Community and Media Relations for MMI.

  • The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) is an association of nonprofit consumer organizations that was established in 1968 to advance the consumer interest through research, advocacy, and education. Today, nearly 300 of these groups participate in the federation and govern it through their representatives on the organization's Board of Directors.
  • The National Council of Higher Education Resources (NCHER) is the nation’s oldest and largest higher education finance trade association. NCHER’s membership includes state, nonprofit, and for-profit higher education service organizations, including lenders, servicers, guaranty agencies, collection agencies, financial literacy providers, and schools, interested and involved in increasing college access and success. It assists its members in shaping policies governing federal and private student loan and state grant programs on behalf of students, parents, borrowers, and families.

  • Since 2007, the Homeownership Preservation Foundation (HPF) has served as a trusted, neutral source of information for more than eight million homeowners. They are partnered with, and endorsed by, numerous major government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of the Treasury.

  • The mission of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD works to strengthen the housing market in order to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; and build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination.

  • The Council on Accreditation (COA) is an international, independent, nonprofit, human service accrediting organization. Their mission is to partner with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting accreditation standards.

  • The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®), founded in 1951, is the nation’s largest and longest-serving nonprofit financial counseling organization. The NFCC’s mission is to promote the national agenda for financially responsible behavior, and build capacity for its members to deliver the highest-quality financial education and counseling services.