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U.S. Senator Ben Cardin Meets with Housing Counselors for Dialogue on Foreclosure and Assistance to Homeowners

Senator Cardin to attend training workshop for housing counselors Presented by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

CROWNSVILLE, MD (October 28, 2011) – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin visited with housing counselors during a training workshop sponsored by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. The meeting was an opportunity for housing counselors to share anecdotes on how homeowners are being impacted by the economy, specifically foreclosure, and suggestions on how to stabilize the housing market.

When introducing Senator Cardin at the workshop, Secretary of Housing and Community Development Raymond Skinner said, "Throughout his career - as a member of Maryland’s General Assembly and as a member of Congress - Senator Cardin has been a stalwart defender of working families. He has been a tireless advocate for senior citizens, military families, the unemployed and small business owners. Since the foreclosure crisis, he has worked to ensure that hardworking families have the tools they need to weather this challenging economy and that we have the tools we need to help them."

"The continuing high number of new foreclosures and delinquencies across Maryland shows that we must do more to get our housing market back on track," said Senator Ben Cardin. "To overcome these challenges, it is incumbent upon government at all levels, banks, and mortgage counselors to work together to stabilize the market, restore home prices, and protect families and communities from foreclosure. There are no simple solutions, but we need to be innovative and creative in helping American families stay in their homes."

"We welcome Senator Cardin's interest in foreclosure solutions that affect all of these groups of Marylanders,” said Secretary Skinner. "Without the support of dedicated and passionate elected officials like Senator Cardin, we cannot provide the services that assist Maryland families with programs that prevent foreclosure."

The senator’s visit capped a day long training workshop for housing counselors. Attendees were given updates on Maryland’s HOPE foreclosure prevention program and efforts by the Maryland Housing Counseling Network and pro bono attorneys. In addition, counselors learned more about the state’s foreclosure mediation program and scam prevention initiatives undertaken by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

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The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development works with partners to finance housing opportunities and revitalize great places for Maryland citizens to live, work and prosper. To learn more about DHCD programs, log on to www.mdhousing.org.

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For more information:

Erlene Wilson
Director, Office of Communications and Marketing
410-514-7704
wilson@mdhousing.org

Rosa Cruz
Deputy Director, Office of Communications and Marketing
410-514-7712
cruz@mdhousing.org

Andy DeVilbiss
410-514-7710
devilbiss@mdhousing.org

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