UNION COUNTY, NJ - Property owners currently in foreclosure and those trying to avoid it can get some much needed information at a free presentation, Wednesday, April 19, at the Linden Public Library, 31 East Henry Street, Linden, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
“Foreclosure: Moving From Fear To Positive Action,” is free and open to the public. Panel members representing state and county agencies will provide information and guidance to these homeowners, including identifying free state and county resources. The presentation includes an overview of the New Jersey Foreclosure Mediation Program which is designed to provide distressed homeowners with experienced advocates and neutral mediators, to make sure that all possible ways of keeping their houses are explored with their banks.
The program is presented by the Union County Human Relations Commission and the Union County Foreclosure Task Force, in cooperation with the New Jersey Public Defender’s Office of Dispute Settlement and the Union County Superior Court. Created in 2008 by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Union County Foreclosure Task Force shares information and coordinates action among various local entities working on foreclosure prevention and intervention. Representatives of the Task Force include county and state government, community and advocacy groups, legal agencies, financial institutions, faith-based organizations and housing counseling agencies.
Attendees will also gain an understanding of foreclosure proceedings, the court mediation process, Sheriff’s sales, guidance on avoiding foreclosure scams, and details about resources available to those who are affected. Rights of tenants living in foreclosed properties will also be addressed, and those tenants will be directed to available resources.
"We have presented this Forum for the past six years, and I believe we can literally say we have helped every person who has attended these free presentations,” said Nora Mislan, co-chair of the Union County Human Relations Commission. “Understandably, anyone who is facing or fearing foreclosure is anxious and scared. They do not know how to save their homes or where to turn for help. They also are prey to con artists and scams. We want to let these residents know that they do not have to face this alone. There are knowledgeable experts, agencies and free resources available to them that can help them take positive actions and achieve the best possible outcome.”
“For any home owner facing foreclosure issues, getting reliable guidance and information is a critical first step toward a less stressful situation,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “The Freeholder Board is proud to support the Foreclosure Forum series, which provides County residents with an opportunity to meet with a reliable expert in a relaxed, supportive environment.”
Following the presentation, the panelists will answer questions from the audience and will be available briefly following the program to address individual concerns.
Pre-registration is not required. Free parking is available, and the facility is wheelchair accessible. For more information, contact the Union County Human Relations Commission, 908-889-9028.