Forum will provide tips on preventing foreclosures

A Southside Foreclosure Forum from 6–8 p.m. tonight will feature several South Minneapolis officials discussing the foreclosure crisis and ways to beat it at Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St.

The free event will feature Congressman Keith Ellison, DFL-Minn., state Rep. Jim Davnie, DFL-62(A) and Minneapolis City Council Members Elizabeth Glidden (8th Ward), Robert Lilligren (6th Ward) and Gary Schiff (9th Ward).

Forum discussion will include both local and national responses to the foreclosure crisis  and tenant rights. Furthermore, residents will be able to receive free mortgage advice from foreclosure prevention counselors and receive resources from lenders and housing agencies. Free food, Spanish translation services, and child-care will be available.

A Northside Forum will dovetail with this event from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. tomorrow at Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Ave. N.

It’s no coincidence that tonight’s Southside Foreclosure Forum will be held in the Central neighborhood, "one of the hardest hit" by foreclosures, Glidden said. While foreclosures are on pace for yet another record-breaking year, Council Member Glidden said recently that neighbors and officials in Southwest are taking notice of the increasing number of homes being vacated. Glidden said the discussion may touch on how an increased number of vacated homes could effect property values and tenants’ rights.  

Those who cannot attend the meetings, and are having trouble paying their mortgage, can call 311 or 612-673-2300 for foreclosure assistance.