Seek help early on to avoid losing your home

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By Jesef Williams

Help is just a phone call or mouse click away for those looking to avoid home foreclosure.

Wilson Consulting Associates is offering free counseling and consultation to residents who fear they may lose their homes.

The group is providing the services through its partnership with Family Services Inc., which last year received federal grant money to assist homeowners.

Jeff Wilson is the senior project manager for Wilson Consulting Associates, which serves residents in Lancaster, York, Chester and Mecklenburg counties on behalf on Family Services.

In South Carolina, Family Services has 1,500 files on hand, Wilson said.

“We must do all we can to ensure home ownership is not built on quicksand,” Wilson said. “The earlier financially distressed home owners reach out for assistance, the more options they have to address their mortgage issues and potentially avoid foreclosure.”

In Lancaster County, there were 16 foreclosure filings in November and 11 in December, Wilson said.

There are more than 230 foreclosed properties in the county, he said.

To get the word out, Wilson is hosting free mortgage default and foreclosure counseling sessions every first and third Tuesday of each month.

The sessions are from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lancaster County Library.

“I don’t think the turnout has been as good as it should be,” Wilson said about the number of inquiries regarding Family Services. “Enough people don’t know about it.”

For details, call (888) 320-0350 or visit www.ForeclosureHelpforSC.org.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152