Local homeowners now have a free opportunity to learn how to avoid property foreclosure through efficient financial management.

Home Headquarters of Central New York, along with partnering agencies Hiscock Legal Aid Society and Legal Services of Central New York, conducted the first of a series of workshops in Auburn last week as part of its Foreclosure Prevention Program.

The free two-hour workshop took place Thursday morning at the Booker T. Washington Community Center. Attendees were given one-on-one financial and legal assessments exploring possible solutions and options involving their mortgage.

Rickey Brown, prevention program manager from Home Headquarters,  said the objective is to provide any assistance to homeowners to prevent foreclosure on their homes. In addition to Cayuga County, the program will attend to homeowners from Jefferson, Cortland and Onondaga Counties.

Six homeowners attended last week's workshop. Attendees can also schedule a follow-up appointment where personal counselors can further assist with any financial and legal options.

All foreclosure-related counseling is free of charge, Brown said.

The program is funded through the New York State Attorney General Home Owner Protection Program. 

Subsequent workshops will take every third Thursday of each month. The next workshop at the Booker T. Washington Community Center is scheduled for Feb. 21.

To register for the next workshop, call or e-mail the Home Headquarters Foreclosure Prevention Program counselor at (315) 474-1939 x281 or joevonw@homehq.org. For more information about the program, visit homehq.org.


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