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It appears that you are part of the "corporate world" or "law world".
I am not part of that world, but I do understand it. I have lost many millions because I trusted others--and they took advantage of me.
They don't want a new mortgage because it is reasonable to expect you to die or be unable to pay it off due to your age and lower income from SS when you retire. You are working now--but won't be in 5-8 years (but you would still have the same mortgage payments if a new mortgage was issued today). They might consider a 10-year or even 15-year mortgage, but the monthly payments would be fairly high ($1250-$1750/mo?), plus taxes, insurance, maintenance, etc. You can't afford it.
Publicity won't really help your finances--and that is the problem. Your husband died without insurance and you did not have a life-interest in the house (right to live there until you died)--which you could have put into the title documents before you gave the house to your husband. Estate planning years ago was what you needed--but didn't do. That would have identified these problems so you could have been prepared. But, you didn't do it. And you did not talk to a lawyer before signing the bank deal. So, you are stuck. Your situation becomes a lesson for others, but that is all. It will not fix your problem.
If you owed $35k and they wouldn't finance it, then you would have a situation where publicity would really help. But you owe $100+k on a $175k house. And it is not expected you will live 30 years (=normal mortgage, shorter 15 years--maybe, 20 is pushing the limit), with you drawing SS within 10 years. Thus, you reasonably would not be expected to pay off the new mortgage.
Jerry, I am really sorry to hear that people took you for so much money, due to your generosity. Just wanted you to know that as a real estate broker, the very same thing happened to my father. He was a kind and trusting man who didn't really fit in to the "dog eat dog" world.