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Navigating Homeownership topic of May 5 workshop

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) will co-host a housing workshop to help constituents deal with mortgage issues and remain in their homes.

The Navigating Homeownership 2012 Resource Workshop will take place Saturday, May 5 starting at 10 a.m. at New England Institute of Technology's East Greenwich campus. Langevin will be joined by representatives from Rhode Island Housing, local banks and credit unions, and housing non-profits.

The workshop is free and open to the public.

Following presentations about common homeownership challenges from Rhode Island Housing Executive Director Richard Godfrey, Stephen Antoni, past president of Rhode Island Realtors, and Tammy Miller, director of the Consumer Protection Unit in the state's Attorney General's Office, attendees will have the chance to meet individually or in smaller groups with organizations about their specific questions.

Topics of discussion will include mortgage remodifications for current homeowners, information on avoiding foreclosures and best practices for avoiding scams in today’s housing market. In addition, information will be provided about the recent settlement with major mortgage lenders that will restore some of the damage these banks caused through reckless foreclosure practices.

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