Cleveland, OH – Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People is proud to announce the receipt of two awards and a grant at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition's 2011 Annual Conference.  Following are the honors from NCRC.

Inez Killingsworth,  

National Community Reinvestment Award

About the award winner:

Inez Killingsworth founded the East Side Organizing Project in 1993, taking it statewide in 2008 under a new name: Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (or ESOP). ESOP has become a powerhouse foreclosure counseling agency – and organizing presence -- in the state, with 8,000 families receiving help in 2009 in the nonprofit's 11 Ohio offices. ESOP has a 75% success rate in negotiating resolutions for homeowners facing foreclosure. In 2010, ESOP reached more than 10,000 families in 2010 and saved more than 3,200 homes from foreclosure.

Cleveland vs. Wall Street, Documentary film

Community Empowerment Award

About the film: 

In this documentary on the devastating numbers of foreclosures that have crippled certain neighborhoods in the Rust Belt city of Cleveland, filmmaker Jean-Stephane Bron concocts a mock trial that pits the city of Cleveland against 21 banks it blames for the foreclosures that wrecked the city's economy. Cleveland vs. Wall Street premiered at the 63rd Cannes festival in 2010.

ESOP was also awarded a National Neighbor Silver grant to conduct community-based organizing, advocacy and education focused on financial security for older adults. 

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition is an association of more than 600 community based organizations that promote access to basic banking services, including credit and savings, to create and sustain affordable housing, job development and vibrant communities for America's working families.

View photos from the conference on ESOP’s Facebook page.

ESOP is a HUD-certified foreclosure prevention counseling agency and a leader in Ohio. We have 10 offices across the state and a nearly 75 percent success rate. We have been on the frontlines of the predatory lending and foreclosure epidemic since 1999. In the last six years more than 16,000 families have come to ESOP seeking assistance. In 2010 ESOP helped save more than 3,200 homes from foreclosure.