Friday, February 13, 2009

Area churches team up with city to fight foreclosures

A neighborhood church figures in this report by Medill Reports:
Area churches and the city are working together to educate people who are facing foreclosure -- both on how to avoid it and what to do once it happens.

On Sunday, leaders at more than 20 churches and faith-based organizations have said they will inform their congregations about an effort to help as part of the city’s annual Home Ownership Preservation Initiative Sunday.

“It’s important,” said the Rev. Dr. Walter B. Johnson, one participating pastor, “to educate and inform and support parishioners who may be having challenges around dealing with this whole housing crisis.”

Johnson’s church, Greater Institutional AME Church at 7800 S. Indiana Ave., will be participating in HOPI Sunday for the first time.

The effort, done through Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, has the city partnering with churches. The point, organizers said, is to distribute information to people through sources they trust.

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