Mortgage help for homeowners with hospitalized child

Bankers group to support charity in 3 new US locations

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Perhaps the most controversial part of the Spare Key program is that it makes only one mortgage payment per calendar year. Also, the $1,200 cap may not come close to covering some families' monthly payments.

"We have discussed changes, but on our estimation there are about 1,000 families within our program parameters that we could be serving every year," Werde said. "There are other programs out there that will provide other types of support with bills. We highly encourage our families to seek other sources of support, as we are relatively narrow in our focus."

The MBA will follow the original Spare Key's formula and it, too, will stick to the "just one mortgage payment" formula.

What the MBA intends to do is support three new chapters of Spare Key. The first will be in the Washington, D.C., metro area, and the second two locations have yet to be announced. All should be open sometime in 2012.

"Our president, David Stevens, had heard about Spare Key some years ago and has been supporting it personally, as well as some of the other MBA members," Demarest said.

"Since the program was announced, we have had incredible outreach from our members wanting to be involved. We are trying to do this so the actual monies raised will go into mortgage grants and assistance, so we are looking where we have need and where we have members who will help us with the fundraising."

Steve Bergsman is a freelance writer in Arizona and author of several books. His latest book, "Growing Up Levittown: In a Time of Conformity, Controversy and Cultural Crisis," is now available for sale on

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