U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Shaun Donovan, Secretary
Office of Public Affairs, Washington, DC 20410
February 29, 2012
White House and HUD Highlight Virginia Beach resident as a “Champion of Change” and Leader in Housing Counseling
RICHMOND- On Thursday, March 1st in Los Angeles, California, the White House and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development will honor Dotty Acampora, of Virginia Beach, as one of eleven housing counselors and HUD-approved organizations being recognized as Champions of Change for their hard work, perseverance and dedication to their communities. Dotty Acampora has been selected for outstanding commitment and achievement representative of the collective work of thousands of housing counselors across the United States.
"Housing counselors work tremendously hard, each and every day, to help families realize the American dream,” said White House Senior Advisor, Valerie Jarrett. “From helping homeowners avoid foreclosure to making sure tenants understand their rights to working with borrowers to restore their credit, the men and women we honor today truly are Champions of Change.”
“Dedicated to serving, housing counselors educate and assist individuals and families navigate the complex process for sustainable homeownership,”said HUD Regional Administrator Jane C. W. Vincent. “Guiding renters and potential homeowners in managing their housing choices, counselors provide critical information on rights and responsibilities, the importance of savings, ways to manage credit and debt responsibly, and how to become a good neighbor.”
The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.
Housing counseling assistance was developed over 40 years ago at a time of severe disinvestment in housing, unaffordable interest rates, high unemployment and irresponsible lending practices. Today, HUD approves, monitors and supports counseling organizations and tracks their output. Recent initiatives have extended the number and location of HUD-approved housing counseling organizations and reduced the amount of time and complexity of the process to award HUD housing counseling grants.
To learn more about our Champions and watch video of the event, go to www.whitehouse.gov/champions.
Dotty Acampora currently works as a Housing Counselor for Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation, a non-profit housing and service organization and HUD Approved Counseling Agency located at 2400 Potters Road Virginia Beach, VA 23454. She has been with the organization since December 2007 and has helped many households with their financial, credit and housing concerns over the past four years. Her primary focus in this position is counseling clients who are currently facing foreclosure, but she has also worked with first time homebuyers seeking education and assistance with the home buying process and has worked with families seeking assistance in locating affordable rental housing or preventing eviction. Before coming to Virginia Beach CDC, she worked for nineteen years in residential mortgage lending, and prior to that, was also a Realtor for ten years. She is currently a Virginia Licensed Mortgage Loan Originator. In 2008, she served as the President of the Virginia Mortgage Lenders Association and in 2005, she served as the President of the Tidewater Mortgage Bankers Association.