FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 24, 2009 Jessica Grodzki | Manager, Information & Investigations
Contact – Jessica Grodzki, 212-358-2826 | firstname.lastname@example.org
BBB Collaborates with Univision and Banco Popular to Produce Second
BBB Live Foreclosure Prevention Call-In Program In Spanish
March 25, 11 AM to 8 PM
1-877-41 A Tu Lado (1-877-412-8852)
The hotline (1-877-41 A TU LADO, 1-877-412-8852) will be open from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, March 25th. The BBB has posted information about scam prevention and locating foreclosure counselors on its website in English at www.newyork.bbb.org/protectingyourhome, with information in Spanish at www.newyork.bbb.org/protejasuvivienda.
On March 25, the BBB Live Foreclosure Prevention phone bank will be staffed with Spanish-speaking volunteers, including foreclosure prevention counselors, attorneys, bankers, and other professionals. Callers who are concerned about the possibility of foreclosure will be given basic tips about steps to take, and will be referred to no-cost, qualified, foreclosure prevention and housing counseling services in the caller’s area.
“There are a lot of scammers trying to take advantage of suffering homeowners,” noted BBB President Claire Rosenzweig. “Watch out if someone asks you to pay a fee for foreclosure help. Real help is available from qualified nonprofit counselors – and it won’t cost you anything. If you aren’t sure how to contact a genuine foreclosure prevention counselor, call our 1-877-412-8852 hotline on March 25 or contact the BBB at 212-533-7500 for information.”
BBB Live Foreclosure Prevention was created by the BBB’s Hispanic Advisory Committee and is the second such program. The first event in February 2008 prompted heavy call volume.
Volunteers for the March 25, 2009 program have been recruited by the BBB from Banco Popular and non-profit organizations including AARP New York; Brooklyn Housing & Family Services, the Center for New York City Neighborhoods; Goodwill of New York and New Jersey; Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City, North Bronx, South Bronx, and Jamaica; New York Lawyers for the Public Interest; the New York City Bar Association; the New York City Comptroller’s Community Action Center; LawHelp/NY; Long Island Fair Housing Services; and the Latin American Law Students Association.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 24, 2009
Jessica Grodzki | Manager, Information & Investigations