2014-02-13 / Other News

Foreclosure Counseling Here Still In High Demand

Photos and text by Dara Mormile

Tyrone McDonald from NHS. Tyrone McDonald from NHS. Whether it’s due to Hurricane Sandy or a homeowner’s unrelated financial catastrophe, foreclosures in Canarsie are reportedly on the rise. Thanks to the foreclosure prevention forum, which was hosted Saturday, February 8th at the PacPlex facility, residents had access to dozens of resources that could possibly save them from losing their homes.

Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS), Bridge Street Development, Pratt Area Community Council (PACC), Brooklyn Legal Services, Brooklyn Jubilee, Brooklyn Housing and Family Services, the Center for NYC Neighbors, the Canarsie Recovery Coalition and various banks were on hand at the all-day event.

Housing counselors and legal ser-vice professionals sat with residents to dispense information on renovation loans and flood insurance.

NHS Program Director Elizabeth Malone was equipped to search the city’s database to find out if homeown er’s properties were included in the new flood zones. After Malone obtained their address, she assessed whether or not the homeowner should invest in flood insurance and what type of policy they should take out.

PACC representatives are ready to provide information. PACC representatives are ready to provide information. Executive Director of NHS Tonya Ores said that since Hurricane Sandy, over 600 people reportedly came to their agency with foreclosure issues. Whether they had problems with their mortgage or dealing with NYC Build It Back, there is still a high demand for resources in Canarsie.

“Our agency formed in 2008 to help residents deal with foreclosure issues,” Ores said. “Even though many homeowners have received help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, they’re now dealing with more complex issues. We want to focus on providing legal and financial help for those who are still dealing with repairing their homes.”

Educating residents on home repair grants and foreclosure counseling is a priority for organizations who are still reviewing documentation and referring homeowners to specialists.

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