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Free, Reliable Guidance for Your Foreclosure Issues

Union County Office of Public Information

Friday, April 11, 2014 • 6:45pm

A free public education forum, “Foreclosure: Moving From Fear To Positive Action,” will be held on Wednesday, April 30 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Linden Public Library, 31 East Henry Street in Linden.

Parking is also free and the library is wheelchair accessible.  

The forum is designed to provide guidance to property owners fearing or facing foreclosure issues, and to help tenants in properties with foreclosure issues. It includes presentations, a question-and-answer session, and an opportunity for one-on-one guidance.

Attendees can also learn how to sign up for The New Jersey Foreclosure Mediation Program, which provides resources and referral information for distressed homeowners.

The forum is presented by the Union County Human Relations Commission and Union County Foreclosure Task Force in cooperation with the New Jersey Public Defender’s Office of Dispute Settlement and the Union County Superior Court.

“Understandably, anyone who is fearing or facing foreclosure is anxious and scared,” stated Barbara Boyer, Co-Chair of the Union County Human Relations Commission.  “We want to let the public know that they are not alone facing this.  Free state and county resources are available that can help them take positive actions so they can achieve the best possible outcome.”

“If you are an owner or tenant in foreclosure or concerned about your situation, I encourage you to attend the forum,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak. “It will help guide you toward a more secure future.”

The Union County Freeholder Board formed the Foreclosure Task Force in 2008 as an inter-agency effort to coordinate reliable information and guidance for Union County residents in or facing foreclosure.

“People in foreclosure wake up worried every day,” stated Elizabeth Hulse of the New Jersey Public Defender’s Office of Dispute Settlement.  “They do not know how to save their homes or how to ask for help.  This educational presentation is about reaching out to these homeowners to let them know that they are not alone.  The mediation program is designed to provide them with experienced advocates and neutral mediators to make sure that all possible ways of keeping their houses are explored with their banks.” 

Ms. Hulse will provide an overview of the New Jersey Foreclosure Mediation Program, and discuss how to apply for the program and its services.

Attendees will also learn about foreclosure proceedings, the court mediation process, and foreclosure scams. 

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

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