The language barrier was a big problem for many home buyers during the boom market, helping to lead to predatory and bad loans in an already complicated borrowing process.
That problem hasn’t gone away when it comes to getting help for borrowers facing foreclosures, so the Nassau County Bar Association recently launched outreach to Spanish-speaking communities.
Free mortgage help clinics, organized by the bar each month, will have Spanish counselors and attorneys. Also, the bar has sent out Spanish-language fliers to Latino organizations, hospitals, colleges, religious institutions and other groups to spread the word about the free help.
The clinics offer one-on-one meetings with nonprofit and county housing counselors who could help on loan modifications, volunteer attorneys for consultation, bankruptcy attorneys, state officials interested in hearing about possible fraud and staffers of the Nassau/Suffolk Law Services, which can provide attorneys for those who meet income guidelines.
The next one has been scheduled for 3 to 6 p.m. April 12 at the bar’s headquarters on 15th and West streets in Mineola. It is open to Nassau residents. Appointments are required. Call the bar at 516-747-4070.