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Heat, holidays lower attendance at mortgage workshop

Photo by Jim Massara
Annette Stokes (left) and Brittany Glass with NID Housing Counseling Agency crunch numbers at Saturday’s mortgage workshop in Morrow.

Photo by Jim Massara Annette Stokes (left) and Brittany Glass with NID Housing Counseling Agency crunch numbers at Saturday’s mortgage workshop in Morrow.

MORROW — Turnout was “a little slow” at a Saturday seminar offering free advice to homeowners with problem mortgages, said event organizers.

About a dozen bankers and loan counselors from SunTrust, Bank of America, GMAC and other lenders were available at the Morrow Center to help people who might have trouble paying their mortgages.

The workshops, held every three months at locations around the Southern Crescent, usually attract about 200 participants, said Gloria Driskell of NID Housing Counseling Agency. Driskell speculated that the record-breaking hot weather and upcoming holidays may have kept people away.

While Driskell didn’t have exact numbers, she did say that fewer people came than expected.

“I’m just a little surprised at the turnout with the type of mailout we did,” Driskell said.

Roughly 1,700 letters were sent to constituents of State Sen. Gail Davenport, who co-sponsored the event with the City of Morrow. Letters were also sent by participating lenders with problem clients living in zip codes Davenport serves.

The next area mortgage-counseling event will be held in September or October at Welcome All Park in College Park.

Driskell said free one-one-one counseling for homeowners is also available. Those interested can call (404) 612-0307 for appointments.

NID-HCA is a non-profit network of advocacy groups, real-estate agents and faith-based organizations that provides housing counseling and community-development services.