CONGRESSMAN JIM HIMES

Representing the 4th District of Connecticut

Himes to Hold Foreclosure Prevention Forum in Fairfield Saturday

March 11, 2009
Press Release

STAMFORD, CT – Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) and local elected officials announced today that they will host a foreclosure prevention forum this Saturday in Fairfield with a panel of foreclosure prevention experts. The workshops will bring together government officials, community organizations, and foreclosure prevention specialists to connect homeowners facing foreclosure with programs and services that can help keep families in their homes. The Congressman held similar events in Stamford and Bridgeport last weekend.

Last week, the U.S. House passed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act. The bill includes key incentives to encourage lenders to negotiate affordable mortgages for homeowners who are underwater, at risk of foreclosure, and those nearing bankruptcy. This plan is expected to help 7 to 9 million families restructure or refinance their mortgages to avoid foreclosure—as well as their neighbors whose house values would drop as a result of a nearby foreclosure.

Saturday’s event will include an overview by the Congressman on the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, guidance from foreclosure prevention experts on how best to maintain ownership throughout different stages of the foreclosure process, and a question and answer session with the panelists. Following the public session, local experts and organizations will be available for one-on-one questions from individual participants.

Event Details

WHO:            

Congressman Jim Himes (D-CT 4)
First Selectman Ken Flatto
State Representative Kim Fawcett (D-133)
State Representative Tony Hwang (R-134)
Samone Wright, Program Specialist, The Workplace, Inc.
Rose Holebrook, Marketing & Customer Service Coordinator, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority              
Joan Carty, President & CEO, Housing Development Funds
Carol Sydnor, Director of Homeownership Programs, Mutual Housing Association of Southwestern Connecticut
Valarie Shultz-Wilson, President & CEO, Urban League of Southern Connecticut

WHERE:         

Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave, Southport
                      
WHEN: 

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, March 14

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