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Free Guidance for Distressed Homeowners

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A free educational presentation to provide guidance to property owners fearing, facing, or trying to avoid foreclosure will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Kean University’s STEM building’s 6th floor conference room, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union. Free parking is available and the facility is wheelchair accessible.  

The presentation, “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 that are available to them.

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.

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“Understandably, anyone who is facing or fearing foreclosure is anxious and scared,” said Lenny Guarino, Co-Chair of the Union County Human Relations Commission. “They do not know how to save their homes or how to ask 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.”

“By getting the facts, you can avoid scams, ease your mind, and take steps to improve your situation,” said Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh. “If you facing foreclosure now, or if you are concerned about the risk of foreclosure, I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to get knowledgeable, reliable guidance.”

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.

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. 

Attendees will also gain an understanding of foreclosure proceedings, the court mediation process, Sheriff’s sales, guidance on avoiding foreclosure scams, the benefit of a housing counselor, and details about resources available to those who are affected. Tenants living in foreclosed properties will also 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.

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