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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Daylong Housing Fair at City Hall Saturday


NEW HAVEN — A Housing Fair that will feature vendors, housing counselors and energy experts to educate, inform, and provide residents with the right resources to be smart homeowners will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at City Hall, city officials said.
The event will include free classes, taught by certified housing counselors from Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven, on the process of buying a home and how to prevent foreclosure for homeowners who haven fallen behind in their mortgage payments, officials said in a statement.
The SmartLiving Center, operated by United Illuminating Co., will present a class, “Saving Money by Saving Energy,” the statement said. There also will be a discussion panel with industry leaders about housing issues, neighborhood stabilization and state and federal initiatives to address the foreclosure crisis, the statement said. Information about mortgage loan scams also will be available.
The event is sponsored by NHS, Real Options Overcoming Foreclosure, People’s United Bank, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission.
For more information, resources and reporting on loan scams, visit www.LoanScamAlert.org or call 1-888-995-HOPE (4673). Community groups in Connecticut can obtain campaign materials available for download and distribution locally from the site.
NeighborWorks® America is coordinating the “Loan Modification Scam Alert” campaign nationwide through its 235 community-based affiliates and other local, state and national partner organizations, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
For more information about NHS of New Haven, visit www.nhsofnewhaven.org.

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