When it comes to foreclosures, waiting around before getting help is a bad strategy.
St. Paul and the Minnesota Home Ownership Center are sponsoring a foreclosure prevention workshop today for people who are concerned about making mortgage payments, know someone who is in trouble or just want more information.
"Take action early, that's our message," said Julie Gugin, executive director of the Minnesota Home Ownership Center.
Two similar workshops last fall drew more than 250 people each, she said.
Mortgage lenders and community-based organizations will be available to confidentially offer free advice and answer questions, and attendees will be able to hear short presentations on legal rights and the foreclosure process.
Today's workshop is from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Arlington Hills Lutheran Church, 1115 Greenbrier St., St. Paul.
St. Paul mortgage foreclosure prevention counselors are available at 651-266-6626 or www.stpaul.gov/foreclosure.
Other Minnesota Home Ownership Center workshops are scheduled for:
• April 1: 4:30-8:30 p.m. at Brooklyn Jr. High, 7377 Noble Av. N., Brooklyn Park.
• May 20: 4:30-8:30 p.m. at Discovery Elementary School, 301 Second Av. NE., Buffalo, Minn.
• June 5: 4:30-8:30 p.m. at the Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Pkwy., Eagan.
Call the Home Ownership Center at 651-659-9336 or go to www.hocmn.org for more information. Renters with foreclosure questions can call HOME Line at 612-728-5767.