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FORECLOSURE SEMINAR SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 16
TOMS RIVER - From an overview of the statewide Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Initiative to information on
how to fight foreclosure scams, an informational seminar scheduled for June 16 will provide homeowners and
residents with important information on help and resources available for anyone facing foreclosure.
"During these very difficult economic times, keeping people in their homes is imperative," said
Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. "One of the ways we can help is by providing good information that can
help educate, raise awareness and provide answers to our citizens."
"Foreclosure: Moving from Fear to Positive Action" will be presented at the Ocean County Library,
Washington Street, here, beginning at 6:30 p.m., June 16. The seminar is free however registration is required
and can be made by calling the library at 732-349-6200.
The program is being hosted by the Ocean County Human Relations Commission with the support of the Ocean
County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Ocean County Prosecutorís Office and the Ocean County Library in conjunction
with the Union County Human Relations Commission and the New Jersey Public Defenderís Office of Dispute
Settlement. Other sponsors include Jersey Shore PFLAG, Central Ocean Rotary, Kiwanis International of Jackson
and Ocean County College Office of Multicultural Services.
"Growing concerns over keeping your home can make individuals anxious and vulnerable," said Ocean County
Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford. "We want our residents to know that scam artists are looking to prey on those
vulnerabilities. This seminar will provide residents with tools to make sure they are not victims of mortgage
scams and to give them answers that might help them during a difficult time."
Speakers will include Elizabeth Hulse, of the Office of Dispute Settlement, New Jersey Office of the
Public Defender, who will provide an overview of the New Jersey Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Initiative;
Stephone Mickler, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, will address the role of the agency; Elaine
Molen, certified personal finance counselor, Garden State Consumer Credit Counseling, will talk about how housing
counselors can help; Kimberly Knapp, Ocean County Superior Court, will provide a general overview of mediation
and Margaret Anastos, Director of Outreach, state Division of Consumer Affairs, will address how to fight
Richard Biolsi, chairman of the Ocean County Human Relations Commission, said the commission thought it
important to host this seminar in Ocean County because foreclosure can affect anyone.
"Loss of employment, a devastating illness, divorce, death of a spouse, there are so many things that
can have a negative impact on our finances," Biolsi said. "Foreclosure can happen to anyone. We want to make
sure people are armed with good information that can help them move from fear to positive action."