Nonprofits offer help on avoiding foreclosures

Two local nonprofits are hosting meetings to help distressed homeowners learn about free assistance available to help avoid foreclosures.

Representatives for the Northwest Justice Project and the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center will provide information and answer questions from 7-7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30, at Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave., and from 7-7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Ferndale Public Library, 2007 Cherry St.

Jamie Graves-Kautz, a Bellingham-based attorney in the Northwest Justice Project’s Foreclosure Prevention Unit, will describe how distressed homeowners may receive legal support in qualifying for a mortgage company’s modification program.

The services of the Northwest Justice Project are free for income-eligible distressed homeowners interested in retaining their homes.

A representative of the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center will answer questions about Washington State’s Foreclosure Mediation Program, which it operates in partnership with the state’s Department of Commerce. The program provides mediators to facilitate conversations between distressed homeowners and mortgage holders.

Information also will be offered about options for homeowners who can’t afford modified loans or who don’t want to keep their house, yet still want to stay out of the foreclosure process.

For more information, contact the Bellingham office of the Northwest Justice Project at 360-734-8680, or visit www.nwjustice.org.

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