Homes Saved by Faith’s Senior Managing Director, Rev. Carl McCluster of Shiloh Baptist Church in Bridgeport, said "There is free help, they [homeowners] don't have to pay for it. This Wednesday in Norwalk in Room 231 so that homeowners can get the help that they need."
Mayor Harry Rilling, Senator Bob Duff, the Connecticut Fair Housing Center & Homes Saved by Faith came together Monday morning to announce free monthly classes for Fairfield County homeowners facing foreclosure.
"When they find that their home is being foreclosed upon, they sometimes feel like they don't have any options and they don't have any rights. They don't know what to do or who to turn to. This collaboration between the Connecticut Fair Housing Center and Homes Saved by Faith will bring together people who are experiencing these difficulties and they will give them tools and options that they have in order to try and save their home," said Mayor Rilling.
"We do recognize the importance of home ownership especially in the minority community. Studies have shown that there is a different mind set and attitude to those who actually own something as opposed to renting something. We want to do everything within our means to make certain that even our minority residents are able to retain their homes," said Rev. Jeffrey Ingraham of Calvary Baptist Church in Norwalk.
In Fairfield County, two-thirds of homeowners who are 90 days or more behind on their mortgage are in foreclosure.
Through prevention classes, the Connecticut Fair Housing Center says they have served 450 homeowners in Fairfield County.
Senator Bob Duff said, "We have an over 75% success rate in having people stay in their homes and a 90% success rate in a settlement."
The next prevention clinic will be held on Wednesday, March 19th at Norwalk City Hall in room 231.The classes are open to any Connecticut homeowner having mortgage difficulties. An attorney from the Connecticut Fair Housing Center will lead the class and educate homeowners on how to represent themselves in court. Attendees will learn what federal and state resources are available to homeowners facing foreclosure from the Department of Banking and a mediator from the state’s Judicial Branch.
For more information on the classes, including a complete schedule, visit www.ctfairhousing.org.