Lt. Governor Skillman announces partnership with Ivy Tech Community College aimed at foreclosure prevention

INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Governor Becky Skillman announced a statewide partnership between the Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network (IFPN) and Ivy Tech Community College to educate borrowers and offer foreclosure prevention events.  On August 2, IFPN and Ivy Tech will host foreclosure prevention workout sessions, giving borrowers the opportunity to meet face-to-face with their lender or a housing counselor, and a series of educational workshops around homeownership preservation.

The workout sessions and workshops are part of a statewide effort to address foreclosure in Indiana.  The events will take place at Ivy Tech Community College campuses in Evansville, Indianapolis (Lawrence Campus) and South Bend.  The foreclosure prevention workout sessions will provide borrowers with the opportunity to meet one-on-one with lenders to discuss workout options to avoid foreclosure, as well as to obtain information and assistance on homeownership preservation.   The workshops will cover topics such as mortgage fraud, debt management, wellness and home improvement.  Both the workout sessions and workshops are free and open to the public.  No appointments are necessary. 

“We are pleased to partner with Ivy Tech Community College to host a series of borrower education and outreach events.  Our hope is that we can better help Hoosiers with ways to preserve homeownership and give them the tools to avoid foreclosure,” said Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. 

Lender participation and workshops will vary based on the campus.  For location specific details, visit http://www.877gethope.org.  Housing counselors will be available at each location to meet with borrowers whose lenders are not in attendance and answer general homeownership questions.

”We are glad to provide this opportunity for Hoosiers to learn more about the housing market and the options they have with respect to paying for their mortgages.  This has been a topic of much discussion within various communities around the state and we commend the Lt. Governor and the IFPN for their responsiveness to the issue,” Ivy Tech Community College President Tom Snyder said.

The Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network (IFPN) is a public-private partnership of more than forty lenders, banks, community organizations, and housing-related agencies that have joined together to assist Hoosiers facing foreclosure.  Under the leadership of Lt. Governor Skillman, IFPN launched a statewide initiative last fall aimed at helping Hoosiers seek counseling for foreclosure prevention options.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech is the nation’s largest state-wide community college with single accreditation. It is the state’s second largest public post-secondary institution serving more than 111,000 students annually. As the state’s most affordable college, students can earn a degree for less than $6,000.  And with credits that transfer, students save money by completing the first two years of a four-year degree at Ivy Tech. While Ivy Tech students enjoy the benefits of a large institution, with 23 campuses throughout the state and an average class size of 22, students find personal attention close to home. Ivy Tech Community College emphasizes “community” by offering local affordable solutions for Indiana business and industry training needs.

For more information on IFPN, please visit http://www.877.gethope.org. For more information about Ivy Tech Community College, visit http://www.ivytech.edu.

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