Borough Park

Greenfield provides mortgage help for homeowners

February 27, 2015 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Councilmember David Greenfield is providing experts to answer questions from homeowners on mortgages, credit, interest rates and other issues. Photo courtesy Greenfield’s office
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In an effort to assist struggling homeowners in his district, Councilmember David Greenfield is working with Brooklyn Housing and Family Services to provide free one-on-one mortgage counseling.

Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Midwood-Bensonhurst) is providing space in his district office at 4424 16th Ave. where homeowners who are in danger of losing their homes or have encountered changes in their financial circumstances can meet privately with an attorney.

The free consultation service will be available at Greenfield’s office on the last Tuesday of each month.

Appointments are required. Homeowners can schedule an appointment by calling Greenfield’s office at 718-853-2704. Homeowners are required to bring two forms of photo identification, their most recent mortgage statement for loan, a hardship letter if behind on mortgage payments and all other relevant documents to the appointment.

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The lawyer from Brooklyn Housing and Family Services will also answer questions on credit or budget issues, predatory lending, interest rate issues, late mortgage payments and foreclosure prevention.

The area of Brooklyn that Greenfield represents has a large number of homeowners in danger of foreclosure, according to the councilmember’s office.

“Owning a home is as rewarding as it is stressful. Many people fall behind on their mortgage payments which could result in unnecessary foreclosures and losses of their homes. That’s why I have decided to partner with the outstanding Brooklyn Housing and Family Services to bring mortgage advice directly to them,” Greenfield said in a statement. “I am thrilled to already have helped connect dozens of residents with free legal help, and will continue to work with great organizations like Brooklyn Housing and Family Services to continue this effort.”

Greenfield also hosts the City University of New York’s Citizenship Now! program at his district office on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month for those who need legal assistance with immigration-related issues.

Under the program, an attorney is available to provide help with issues like naturalization, relative petitions, adjustment of status, consular processing, certificates of citizenship, replacement of lost or damaged documents, visa lottery entries and fee waiver applications.

Greenfield brought the New York Legal Assistance Group to his district office for the third time last fall, connecting a dozen local residents directly with lawyers regarding legal issues concerning government programs in the community.

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