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More than 8,000 residents are facing foreclosure in Sarasota County making the issue a local priority. If you think you may be in danger of losing your home, take action now! Don’t ignore the problem. The information site and the sites below are provided as part of a foreclosure resource assistance network for households in crisis. Visit Sarasota http://www.scgov.net/HomeHelp/Default.asp.

1-888-995-HOPE -- foreclosure prevention information.

Avoiding Foreclosure - A resource guide for the North Port community to help preserve and protect homes from foreclosure.

City of North Port Social Services Division

A Division of the City's General Services Department, Social Services is a nonprofit governmental entity funded by the City of North Port. Additional funding sources are received through grants, generous individuals, churches, civic groups, schools and collaborative partners. These charitable funding sources, collaborative partners, and other outreach programs enable us to provide assistance to families and individuals that are experiencing a short term unavoidable financial crisis.

Location: 6919 Outreach Way, North Port FL 34287

Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Phone: (941) 429-3700
Fax: (941) 429-3701
e-mail: npsocialserv@cityofnorthport.com

Florida Legal Services

In a massive effort to assist Floridians fight back against the foreclosure crisis that has the state ranked No. 2 in the nation, The Florida Bar, The Florida Bar Foundation, Florida Legal Services Inc. and the Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar are ready to do battle to help Florida homeowners.

The Statewide effort called Florida Attorneys Saving Homes has launched a toll-free hot line (866-607-2187) and will take calls from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Callers who fear that they soon won't be able to make their mortgage payments or who have already missed payments but are not yet in foreclosure are urged to call. Hot line callers will answer a few initial questions to ensure accurate placement with pro bono attorneys, who will then negotiate with lenders on behalf of homeowners. The hope is to create a relationship in which the lender and the homeowner can together create a loan that allows the homeowner to remain in the home and avoid foreclosure – a win-win situation for all involved.

For more information, contact Dionne L. Meyers, Florida Attorneys Saving Homes coordinator at Florida Legal Services, at (850) 385-7900, ext. 1828, or e-mail dionne@floridalegal.org.

Local Organizations providing foreclosure assistance:

CCCS of Central FL and the FL Gulf Coast, Inc. – Venice Branch
2723 South Tamiami Trail
(Fifth Third Bank) Venice Island
Venice FL 34285
Phone: 800-741-7040
TTY: 800-741-7040
E-Mail cccs.counselor@cccsfl.org
Website: www.cccsfl.org

Goodwill Industries Manasota, Inc.
1781 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Sarasota FL 34234
Phone: 941-747-8930
E-Mail: margieg@gimi.org
Website: www.goodwillindustries.org

HUD - approved housing counseling agencies - counseling on buying, renting, defaults, foreclosures, credit issues, and reverse mortgages

Florida DFS Consumer Helpline - call (800) 342-2762 before you pay anyone who offers to help you get out of foreclosure

Veterans Affairs Regional Loan Center - assistance for veterans with a delinquent VA mortgage

Florida Statutes - Florida laws governing foreclosure of mortgages are found in Title XL

Florida Department of Financial Services - licenses and regulates financial institutions

Financial planning resources

Legal assistance

Tips on avoiding Foreclosures, Delinquencies and "Foreclosure Rescue" Scams

FHASecure - a refinancing option for homeowners who were able to make their payments until the loans were reset

Find your lender or mortgage company

Internal Revenue Service information on foreclosure tax consequences.

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