The City of Lockport will host a Foreclosure Prevention Resources Awareness Workshop from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Common Council chambers. 

The workshop is the second workshop that the city is undertaking as part of its effort to clear urban blight and prevent "zombie" homes, or poorly maintained vacant bank-owned properties that are the result of bank foreclosures. The initiative was made available through a grant received from the New York State Attorney General's office. 

"Our office’s Zombie Prevention Initiative empowers New York communities to overcome the devastating effects of the foreclosure crisis and housing downturn — providing cities and towns with tools to help keep families in their homes,” said Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood. "I’m proud that my office’s funding allows cities like Lockport to revitalize their neighborhoods and I commend them for proactively working to address these critical issues."

The workshop will be led by the Buffalo Urban League, a nonprofit and HUD-certified housing counseling agency with the mission to empower African Americans, other minorities and disadvantage individuals to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. 

“People of all walks of life can find themselves suddenly at risk of losing their homes through bank foreclosure for a variety of wide-ranging reasons,” Mayor Anne McCaffrey said in a release. “Too often, these individuals or families do not know what their rights are and what help is available to assist them.  There is help out there, and this workshop will be a great way to learn more about the available programs and resources.”

The event is free and open to the public. 

The Buffalo Urban League is the oldest HUD-certified housing counseling agency in the area, with nationally certified Mortgage Foreclosure Intervention counselors.  There are no charges or fees for Buffalo Urban League services.  Interested individuals can contact Buffalo Urban League at (716) 250-2400.

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