MANALAPAN, NJ - Concerned about housing issues? Not sure about the regulations for refinancing? Facing possible foreclosure?

Meet representatives from government agencies and not-for-profit organizations specializing in housing issues at the Get Help! with Housing Fair from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 17 at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Dr.

This free program is co-sponsored by the state Department of Banking and Insurance, the Monmouth County Library and the New Jersey State Library.

Presentations will be given by The Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, which handles foreclosure sales in the county, and by the Office of the Ombudsman, Superior Court of New Jersey, Monmouth County. Other program participants include the state Division of Consumer Affairs, the state Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency, the Monmouth County Department of Consumer Affairs, the credit counseling company Novadebt and NJ Shares, a non-profit which helps residents with utility bills.

The Get Help! With Housing fairs began last year in Trenton. It was sponsored by the New Jersey State Library, and other library venues were chosen for housing fairs on the basis of need.

Monmouth County has been hit hard with foreclosures. Last year, the county Sheriff’s Office recorded 866 foreclosure writs received by property owners; of those, 448 were sold, 64 went into bankruptcy and 242 were settled, canceled or reinstated. For the first three months of 2010, Monmouth County logged 214 foreclosure writs, with 114 of those sold, 16 going into bankruptcy and 77 being settled, canceled or re-instated.

The Get Help! with Housing Fair will provide information on the role of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office with foreclosures. In addition, officials for both government and non-profit housing agencies will be on hand to discuss a wide range of housing issues and answer the public’s questions.

Topics at the fair will include:

  • Buying a home in New Jersey in 2010
  • First Time Homebuyers program
  • Making Home Affordable Program
  • Predatory lending
  • Pre-foreclosure rescue scams
  • Value of a HUD Counselor
  • Tenant’s Rights

For more information on the program, please call the Monmouth County Library at

732-431-7220 or visit the Library’s website at www.monmouthcountylib.org