By Sean Coffey, MPA, Program Manager at ForeclosureHelpSCC
Do you live in Santa Clara County? Are you struggling to make your mortgage payments? Has your income gone down? Would you like to speak with somebody who knows about the mortgage programs and settlements and can give you honest advice?
If you would like to get all of this information in one place, then you should come to a free Foreclosure Resource Fair here in San Jose on October 20th, from 9am to 3pm at Overfelt High School.
At the fair, you can meet one-on-one with a HUD certified Foreclosure Counselor who knows the system. They can help you find solutions and develop a plan forward. You will learn about which programs can help you, and scams that can hurt you.
Tax and legal experts at the event will give presentations and we’ll also have a free shredding truck for you to safely shred your old documents.
Assemblymember Jim Beall, who represents the 24th District for California, will also speak about recent legislation to address the foreclosure crisis here in California. His office is helping to organize the event, and Assemblymember Beall explains, “In this tough economy, many families are living from paycheck to paycheck, struggling to meet their mortgage. Homeowners facing default who attend the foreclosure prevention fair can get effective counseling and learn how new laws passed by the Legislature can protect them.’’
Jeffrey F. Rosen,the District Attorney for Santa Clara County states “Real estate fraud, and particularly foreclosure rescue scams have a devastating impact in our communities. We are proud to partner with ForeclosureHelpSCC and other non-profits to protect homeowners from real estate fraud, and hold con artists accountable for their misdeeds.”
Dr. John Porter, the Superintendent of Franklin McKinley School District and its Children’s Initiative,explained the impact of foreclosures on children and neighborhoods: “I have seen how the stress and disruption of foreclosure hinders a child’s performance in school and affects their classmates. And foreclosures take their toll on the whole neighborhood with the lack of income and resource that make children feel less safe and secure.”
Time and space with a housing counselor is limited, so if you would like to meet with a counselor, please call ahead of time to RSVP. You can call (408) 293-6000 to reserve your space.
WHEN: Saturday October 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Overfelt High School, 1835 Cunningham Ave., San Jose, CA.
WHO: ForeclosureHelpSCC is a consortium of non-profits serving the community and led by the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County with Asian, Inc., Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, Neighborhood Housing Services, Project Sentinel, SurePath, and volunteers from Santa Clara County Association of Realtors, funded by the cities of San Jose and Sunnyvale. Other non-profits and banks will be there to offer information
WHY: In July more than 1,000 families in Santa Clara County were impacted by a foreclosure proceeding, per Realty Trac. The foreclosure crisis may have passed its peak but a statewide study by the Center for Responsible Lending found, “Over 50% of existing single-family homes sold in California in 2011 were short sales or bank-owned foreclosures. ‘Lost Ground, 2011‘ found we are only about halfway through the foreclosure crisis.”
MORE INFORMATION: Please call the ForeclosureHelpSCC office: 408-293-6000, visit our website for the foreclosure resource fair, or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.