CONGRESSMAN JIM HIMES

Representing the 4th District of Connecticut

Himes to Host Credit Counseling Forums in Bridgeport and Stamford Saturday and Monday

May 5, 2009
Press Release

Bridgeport, DC--- Congressman Jim Himes will hold credit counseling workshops in Bridgeport and Stamford on Saturday and Monday, respectively. The forums will include presentations from experts in personal debt management and financial literacy. Participants will have the opportunity to ask individual questions and learn how to avoid falling victim to the predatory practices used by many credit card companies.

Last week, Congress overwhelmingly passed the Credit Card Holders Bill of Rights. This legislation would provide increased protections against unfair, deceptive, and anti-competitive credit card practices. This bill will help protect American consumers by banning retroactive rate hikes on existing balances, increasing advance notice of future rate increases, and giving cardholders more control over their credit limits.

Bridgeport
WHO:            Congressman Jim Himes
Joan Carty, President, Housing Development Fund
Janet Siegenthaler, Access to Capitol Specialist, The Woman’s Business Development Center
Carolyn Vermont, Credit Counselor, ABCD

WHERE:         City Hall Annex
999 Broad Street
Bridgeport

WHEN:          Saturday, May 9th
9:30am – 11:00am

Stamford
WHO:            Congressman Jim Himes
Melvina Peters, Education Coordinator, Housing Development Fund
Janet Siegenthaler, Access to Capitol Specialist, The Woman’s Business Development Center
Maria Howe, Director of Connecticut Individual Development Account Initiative, CTE, Inc.

WHERE:         Yerwood Center, 2nd Floor
90 Fairfield Ave
Stamford

WHEN:          Monday, May 11th
6:30pm—8:00pm