Federal and local policymakers discuss the foreclosure crisis and solutions for Ohio’s homeowners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                                                                                        

August 22, 2012                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


AKRON, OH – Community and housing groups around the state are hosting a town hall that will bring together homeowners from all over Ohio, policymakers, and state and local elected officials, to discuss the current state of affairs and how we can work together and rebuild our housing market. The #MyHomeMyVote Town Hall will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2012, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Akron-Summit County Public Library at 60 South High Street, Akron, OH.


Across the nation, nearly one in four homeowners owes more on their mortgage than their home is worth.  Estimates of the national “debt overhang” afflicting our housing markets range from $700 billion to over one trillion dollars.  Ohio has the 11th highest foreclosure rate nationwide.


The event will be live streamed at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/myhomemyvote

For more information: http://bit.ly/OETU4U

To RSVP: http://bit.ly/MuZc1E


WHAT:           #MyHomeMyVote Town Hall

Congressional Panel and Homeowner Q&A


WHEN:           Thursday, August 23

6-8 p.m.


WHERE:         Akron-Summit County Public Library

60 South High Street, Akron, OH


WHO:             Ohio’s Underwater Homeowners, Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People, Asian Services in Action, Inc., and National Council of La Raza’s “Home for Good” Campaign

Doug Shelby, Northern Ohio Field Office Director, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (Represented)

U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton (Represented)

U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (Invited)

Holly Miller, Summit County’s Community Development Coordinator and Member of County Task Forces on Foreclosure Prevention and Abandoned and Vacant Properties


Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP) is a HUD-certified foreclosure prevention counseling agency.


 Asian Services In Action’s (ASIA) mission is to empower Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Northeastern Ohio to access quality, culturally, and linguistically appropriate information and services.  ASIA is Ohio’s largest comprehensive health and social service agency and serves over 8,000 people annually in 30 languages. 


National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States and works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.