Union County, NJ — For the past six years, property owners currently in foreclosure and those trying to avoid it who attended a free educational presentation have been able to get help and hope from panel members who represent state and county agencies.  The presenters provide information and guidance to these homeowners, and identify free federal, state and county resources including financial resources that are available. 

In June, homeowners will have another opportunity to attend one of the last two free educational presentations being held, entitled: “Foreclosure: Moving From Fear To Positive Action.”

The events are being held:

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  • In Roselle on Thursday, June 15 from 6 to 7:30PM at the Redeemed Christian Church of God Agape House, 239 East 1st Avenue, Roselle.
  • In Roselle Park on Tuesday, June 20 from 6 to 7:30PM  at the Church of the Assumption, 113 Chiega Place, Roselle Park.

Free parking is available, and the facilities are wheelchair accessible.

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.

"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 still knowledgeable experts, agencies and free resources available to them that can help them take positive actions and achieve the best possible outcome,” Mislan said.

“Homeowners facing foreclosure need to take action, and the best first step would be to attend this free educational presentation and speak personally with the experts who can advise you where to look for assistance whether it is financial or legal," said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.  “The Freeholder Board is proud to support the forum series, which provides county residents with an opportunity to talk openly or privately with these experts in a relaxed, supportive environment.”

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.

There is still time for homeowners who qualify to take advantage of some federal funding programs, and also 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.

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.  

Following the presentation, the panelists will gladly answer questions from the audience, and will be available briefly following the program to address individual concerns.

Pre-registration is not required.  For more information, contact the Union County Human Relations Commission, 908-889-9028.