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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 09, 2010
MEDIA ADVISORY: Attorney General McKenna to announce additional efforts to prevent Washington foreclosures

SEATTLE – One is seven U.S. homeowners is behind on his or her mortgage. Attorney General Rob McKenna will announce additional efforts to help prevent foreclosures in Washington and cash for hundreds of consumers who have already lost their homes. Joining him at a press conference Thursday in Seattle will be representatives from local nonprofit and legal programs working to assist homeowners.

WHAT: Foreclosure Prevention News Conference

WHEN: 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010

WHERE: Attorney General’s Seattle Office
800 5th Ave. – Chief Sealth Conference Room
Media unable to attend in person may participate by phone.

WHO:

Speakers:

  • Attorney General Rob McKenna
  • Kim Herman, Executive Director, Washington State Housing Finance Commission (WSHFC)
  • Salvador A. Mungia, President, Washington State Bar Association (WSBA)
  • Marnie Claywell, Housing Counselor, Parkview Services
  • Homeowner (invited)

Also Present:

  • César Torres, Executive Director, Northwest Justice Project
  • Lili Sotelo, Attorney, Northwest Justice Project
  • Aline Carton, Manager, Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project
  • Paula Littlewood, Executive Director, WSBA
  • Steve Larsen, Deputy Director for External Relations, WSBA
  • Jane Bloom, Executive Director, Washington Homeownership Resource Center
  • Marc Cote, Director, Washington Homeownership Resource Center
  • Dee Taylor, Director, WSHFC
  • Linda Taylor, Director of Housing, Urban League
  • Doug Walsh, Chief, AGO Consumer Protection Division
  • David Huey, Assistant Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division


DIRECTIONS: The AGO is located in the Bank of America 5th Ave. Building, a tall silver tower at the corner of 5th and Marion St. across from the Methodist church. Street entrance on 5th. Garage entrance on Columbia St. We regret we are unable to validate parking.

Please check in at the 20th floor reception desk.

MEDIA CALL-IN: For phone number, please contact Kristin Alexander at (206) 464-6432.

DETAILS: In October 2008, Washington and other states reached a landmark settlement concerning unfair lending practices by now-defunct Countrywide Financial. Now, more than $1.8 million is available from that settlement for struggling homeowners and foreclosure victims in Washington.


MEDIA CONTACT: Kristin Alexander, Media Relations Manager, (206) 464-6432, cell: (206) 437-2654

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