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L.A. County offers foreclosure assistance

February 10, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Home foreclosures have hit hard in Los Angeles. Last year alone, 12,000 homes were lost to foreclosure. The Foreclosure Response Network is adding more services for homeowners who are facing foreclosure. Officials say they have one very important message for those in mortgage trouble: Don't pay for loan modifications. Officials say scams have already surfaced.

"If you will be personally responsible to tell your friends and neighbors to call for help, there are free services available," said Lori Gay, L.A. Neighborhood Housing Services. "That's the beginning of the first step."

The resource centers will offer legal help in dealing with loan modification scams and fraud. The centers will provide bi-monthly prevention clinics in the San Fernando Valley and South Los Angeles.

FORECLOSURE RESPONSE NETWORK LOCATIONS
The Foreclosure Response Network provides services at six locations throughout the San Fernando Valley and South Los Angeles. The participating sites include:

West Adams-Baldwin Hills WorkSource Center
5681 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, 90016
(323) 525-3740 -- TTY: (323) 931-9076
www.laul.org

Metro North WorkSource Center
342 San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, 90031
(323) 539-2000 -- TTY: (323) 539-2057
www.goodwillsocal.org

Southeast LA-Watts WorkSource Center
10950 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles, 90059
(323) 563-4702 -- TTY: (323) 563-5684
www.wlcac.org

Van Nuys-North Sherman Oaks
15400 Sherman Way, Suite 140, Van Nuys, 91406
(818) 781-2522 -- TTY: (818) 374-7024
www.worksourcecalifornia.com

Sun Valley WorkSource Center
9024 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Sun Valley, 91352
(818) 504-0334 -- TTY: (818) 504-1974
www.wscalnetwork.org

South LA WorkSource Center
7518 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, 90044
(323) 752-2115 -- TTY: (323) 752-9215
www.cciworksource.org

The next foreclosure prevention clinic will be held on February 11, 2009, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the South L.A. WorkSource Center. To RSVP or find out more about the event, call (323) 752-2115, ext. 236.


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