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Workshop Set To Provide Foreclosure Help

Irvington Herald — Thursday, February 25, 2010

By Chris Sykes, Staff Writer

As the municipal election of 2010 with the mayor's seat and the three at large seats on the Municipal Council up for grabs during this bad economy, the escalating home foreclosures and mortgage defaults in town are one of the main issues on the minds of many voters.

Over the course of the last year, the township and the administration of Mayor Wayne Smith have organized community forums and informational help sessions for residents struggling to hold onto their homes during the Great Recession at venues as diverse as the Senior Citizens Center on Springfield Avenue, 18th Avenue, the Veterans Club, town hall and other locations.

The idea, he and others in township government said, was to inform beleaguered homeowners and taxpayers about their rights when facing foreclosure and to direct them to the agencies and programs that are available to help them weather the current economic storm or at least survive it.

With that in mind, the Irvington Unit of the NAACP have scheduled another Home Foreclosure and Predatory Lending Workshop March 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Greater New Point Church on Paine Avenue to do the same thing.

Last year, the organization had two representatives from Brand New Day come to one of their meetings to discuss how fearful homeowners could protect themselves and hold onto their property in the face of mounting debts and pressure from local, state and federal regulators to pay up now.

The services provided in this workshop are free and are reliable, organizers said. New Jersey Citizen Action also offers free income tax preparation.

For more information about the workshop anyone interested can call 973-371.5798.

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