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Several stations are partnering with libraries – libraries reach deep into the physical community and they include many who would not listen to public radio, watch TV or use the internet. Here are a couple of comments about the value of this partnership:
WVXU and CET held numerous meetings with all branches of the Hamilton County library system, distributing material and resources to assist in locating trustworthy help with mortgage issues. These hard copy materials were invaluable for people without access to, or literacy with computers.
Michigan Public Radio added this: We’ve held most of our our town meetings at libraries in the Metro Net Library system which we partnered with. In response to our initial inquiries, many more libraries expressed interest than we could accommodate. The libraries have themselves been compiling resources and even developing web sites with links to agencies that can help address foreclosure prevention and other recession-related issues. Some have actively promoted the town meetings to their patrons, which helps build awareness.
I use Twitter to follow the crisis. I watch “foreclosure” and #ftmc. I am amazed at how many scams are out there. There is a huge “industry” out there ready to scam home owners. What the betting that these are the very same people that got others into this mess in the first place.
WVXU (Cincinnati) has this interview with the Attorney General of Ohio.
KERA in Dallas has a useful guide to help people avoid being scammed. here are the main points:
KERA’s Sam Baker talks with special investigators with the Dallas District Attorney’s office and Specialized Crime Divison about mortgage foreclosure scams Monday.
Andrew Masters, a special investigator with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and Specialized Crime Division, and Stephanie Martin, an assistant District Attorney for Dallas County Specialized Crime Division, offered some red flags consumers should watch out for:
-Company asks for money upfront to pursue your case. Often it’s a hefty fee of $1,000 or more. Free help is available through HUD-approved housing counselors. Contact HOPE NOW at 1-888-995-HOPE (4673) or dial 2-1-1 to be connected to local resources.
- You’re contacted by the company directly, and pressured to take action before calling your mortgage company. Public posting requirements of a home slated for foreclosure make it easy for such firms to come knock on your door.
-The company tells you NOT to contact your lender. You should always stay in contact with your lender.
- Company contacts you and says it’s affiliated with a government agency. That may be true, but you should always check with that agency to be certain.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott also warns against so-called “equity-stripping” schemes, in which a company offers to “temporarily” sell the home so the owner can catch up on mortgage payments.
The Texas Attorney General offers several resources on avoiding fraudulent foreclosure operators and has a special taskforce devoted to protecting consumers.
To file a complaint with the Office of the Attorney General, go to the Web site or call 1- (800) 252-8011
Most people in public radio and TV see themselves as “Broadcasters”. Many also see themselves as being tightly connected to the Public Radio and TV world and outside the other organizations both Non Profit and For Profit.
It is truly wonderful to sense the change in “identity” and “World” that is going on as a consequence of this project. Here are a few comments we have received about this transformation:
(CET/WVXU)Although CET has been involved in mortgage crisis issues for the past year the CET/WVXU team have two significant responses.
We are feeling much more connected and knowledgeable about our community. And in saying “community” the word takes on new meaning for us. Our community now goes beyond the public media demographic that we think we know and understand to many new people and organizations that are struggling to make sense out of a very painful crisis. Additionally, our sense of public service has greatly increased and appreciate the value of community engagement – to the point that “community engagement” becomes a non sequitur – how could public media not be fully engaged in their community? Leonard Sternberg
(VEGAS PBS) The number one outcome is that It has affirmed the value that public media has to the community, not just for individuals, but also for organizations. One benefits to having community partners is that we have discovered messages, issues, and opportunities that not previously thought of, such as, the extent of the problem, messages that your community needs to hear, and the work that partners are already doing or planning to do. We are uniquely able to get these messages out to the public at large.
The partner organizations do not have access to people in a way that gets their message distributed so clear and quickly. The partners see us a great benefit for making their programs successful because we make their programs widely known and because the clear message helps community members understand if that organization is a good fit for them. Leslie Fuentes Vegas PBS.
(ThinkTV) While this is very much a public media effort, this project has given us the opportunity to get out of our not-for-profit comfort zone and work with commercial media partners, in the interest of reaching the broadest possible audience. We are working with the local Cox-owned CBS television and radio affiliates, as well as our city’s newspaper. What is remarkable is their willingness to come together to work with us on an issue that is affecting our entire community. For example, the CBS television affiliate is collaborating on our one-hour special and will simulcast it in prime time. We seem to have overcome the traditional commercial/ non-profit divide, and are certain to emerge from this with new partnerships and new ways of working together that will enable us to address other community issues. Gloria Skurski , ThinkTV