Hazlet Township Library Sponsors Get Help! With Housing Fair

HAZLET - Concerned about housing issues? Buying your first home? Facing possible foreclosure?

Meet representatives from government agencies and not-for-profit organizations specializing in housing issues at the Get Help! With Housing Fair on Wednesday, September 15, at the Hazlet Township Library, 251 Middle Road.

This free program will run from 3 to 7 p.m., and is co-sponsored by the N.J. Department of Banking & Insurance, the Monmouth County Library and the New Jersey State Library.

The Housing Fair will feature experts who can speak with the public on the topics of low income and Section 8 housing resources, tenants’ rights, first-time homebuyers and foreclosure procedure. Predatory lending scams and foreclosure rescue scams will be discussed. A Spanish interpreter will be available to assist patrons.

Program participants include the state Division of Consumer Affairs, the state Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency, Monmouth County Section 8 Housing, Ocean-Monmouth Legal Services, the credit counseling company Novadebt,  NJ Shares (a non-profit which helps residents with utility bills), and the Office of the Ombudsman, Superior Court of New Jersey, Monmouth County.

The Get Help! With Housing fairs began last year in Trenton. The initial fair was sponsored by the New Jersey State Library. The Monmouth County Library sponsored its first Get Help! With Housing Fair on June 17 at Library Headquarters in Manalapan.

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 re-instated. Municipalities with more than 25 foreclosures resulting in sale during 2009 include Keansburg, Neptune, Long Branch, Howell and Asbury Park.

For more information on the program, please call the Monmouth County Library at 732-264-7164, or visit the Library’s website at www.monmouthcountylib.org