Borough Park

Greenfield offers mortgage counseling to homeowners

February 22, 2016 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Councilmember David G. Greenfield says there are a lot of reasons homeowners fall behind on their mortgages. Photo courtesy of Greenfield’s office

There are many reasons a homeowner falls behind on mortgage payments, according to a Brooklyn lawmaker who is offering assistance to local residents in need of advice on how to prevent foreclosure.

Councilmember David G. Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Midwood-Bensonhurst) is teaming up with Brooklyn Housing and Family Services to provide one-on-one mortgage counseling to residents of his council district.

A lawyer will be on hand in Greenfield’s district office at 4424 16th Ave. to meet with homeowners who are in danger of losing their homes or who have encountered changes in their financial circumstances.

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The service is available by appointment only.

“Financial stress, life changes and other circumstances can cause people to fall behind on their mortgage payments, too often resulting in unnecessary foreclosures. Hardworking families should not have to lose their homes. That’s why I am partnering with Brooklyn Housing and Family Services to bring mortgage advice directly to my constituents,” Greenfield said in a statement.

Greenfield said his district, like many other communities in New York, has a significant number of homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure.

Mortgage counseling appointments also provide residents with the opportunity to meet with an experienced attorney to discuss credit and budget issues, predatory lending, interest rate issues, late mortgage payments and foreclosure prevention.

Residents seeking appointments are asked to bring photo identification and all relevant documentation regarding the mortgage.

This is the second year that Greenfield has opened his office to provide mortgage advice.

“Last year, we helped dozens of families address serious financial challenges. This year, we are continuing that tradition. Anyone who needs mortgage advice should contact my office immediately,” Greenfield stated.

Meetings with a Brooklyn Housing and Family Services attorney will begin later this month.

Greenfield also offers by-appointment assistance at his district office each month to residents in need of legal assistance with immigration-related issues.

A lawyer can provide help with issues such as naturalization, relative petitions, adjustment of status, consular processing, certificate of citizenship, replacement of lost or damaged documents, visa lottery entries and fee waiver applications.

For more information, call Greenfield’s office at 718-853-2704.


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