Simple & Humble Beginning
Roslynn Doherty is the founder and Director of an independent, authorised and regulated debt management company, The Financial Foundation, based in Drogheda, Co Louth, specialising in mortgage arrears and restructuring Debts.
The firm was authorised to commence trading as The Financial Foundation by The Central Bank of Ireland in July 2016 The primary function of the company is to negotiate affordable, sustainable restructured arrangements with financial institutions in order to keep indebted families in their homes.
These families have been struggling financially, physically and mentally with relentless threats of home repossession from their home-loan providers, creditors and vulture funds. Having previously volunteered for a local charity, S.O.S.A.D. (Save our Sons & Daughters) I am acutely aware of the shocking statistics of suicide, directly related to the relentless threat of home repossession and potential homelessness.
Initially, the service provided was aimed at those in my local community in Drogheda, who were in urgent need of someone who could negotiate on their behalf to prevent the loss of their family home. However, within weeks of launching, I was contacted by people in distress from all over the country in need of assistance.
There are tens of thousands of family homes heavily in arrears in Ireland and unless realistic and proven structures are put into place to deal with this crisis, the number of home repossessions is expected to increase significantly. Following the Covid 19 crisis, this figure is also expected to increase, thus compounding the number of family homes in arrears and could potentially add to the already 10,000 homeless people in the country.
A further concern is the increasing costs of rental accommodation. In many instances, the cost of renting a family home is significantly more expensive than restructuring their mortgage and would make more sense to pursue this avenue rather than instituting legal proceedings and evicting families.
The following achievements have been accomplished years since the firm started:
- Secured reversal and removal of repossession orders
- Clients’ cases struck out of the legal system
- Write-offs of residual debts where the lenders have sold the properties at a shortfall
- Split mortgages
- Part capital and interest mortgages
- Capitalisation of arrears
- Term Extensions
- Interest Rate Reductions
- Hundreds of people kept safe in their homes
The unique aspect of The Financial Foundation is the balance of compassion and dedication, combined with the Client Management System which is provided as part of the service. I have been successful in securing outcomes that have made the difference in some cases, of families slipping deeper into poverty, and at times, going without food in order to pay essential bills.
In summary, there is nothing short of an epidemic of families without hope and living in constant fear of losing their homes. The stigma attached to such circumstances often means they leave it too late to get help, thus compounding the problem. The Financial Foundation is here to help.