Ward 5: Foreclosure Counciling Today 9/5

Councilmember Thomas Hosts 19th Annual Harry Thomas, Sr. Family Day Event Features Housing Counseling Services in Response to Ward 5’s High Foreclosure Rate
On September 5, from 4 pm until 10 pm, Ward 5 Councilmember Harry “Tommy” Thomas, Jr. will host the 19th Annual Harry Thomas, Sr. Day. The event honors the legacy of Councilmember Thomas’ father, the late Councilmember Harry Thomas, Sr., and celebrates his commitment to strengthening families and communities.
This year, in response to the skyrocketing number of foreclosures in Ward 5, Councilmember Thomas has joined with his colleague, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh, Chair of the Council’s Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs, to offer foreclosure and mortgage assistance at the event.

Representatives from the Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking; Manna, Inc.; Housing Counseling Services; the Urban League; and Community Area Asset Builders (CAAB) will be on hand to meet with residents about their mortgages. Harry Thomas, Sr. Family Day will also include a neighborhood barbeque, music, softball games, a moon bounce, and boxing under the stars.
“Families facing foreclosure can benefit tremendously from knowing all of the options available to them,” said Councilmember Cheh. “In some cases, refinancing or help from charitable organizations might be enough to help some families keep their homes. We want to do all we can to assist our neighbors in distress.”
“I am appreciative of Councilmember Cheh’s assistance in providing housing counseling services at Harry Thomas, Sr. Family Day,” said Councilmember Thomas. “In 2007, 523 Ward 5 families received notices of foreclosure. I can’t think of a better way to honor my father’s memory than by helping residents save their homes.”

Event details are as follows:
Who: Councilmember Harry “Tommy” Thomas, Jr. (D-Ward 5) and Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3)
What: 19th Annual Harry Thomas, Sr. Family Day
Where: Taft Recreation Center, Dwight Mosley Athletic Field, South Dakota Ave. and Perry Street, NE
When: 4 pm to 10 pm, Friday, September 5, 2008