One of the hardest hit areas of the state in the current housing (foreclosure) crisis is the area surrounding Isanti county (Mille Lacs, Sherburne, Chisago & Pine counties). This area has some of the highest foreclosure rates in the state, and the number of pre-foreclosure notices continues unabated.
However, it's not all doom and gloom! For several years, the MN Home Ownership Center has been working with LSS Financial Counseling and a roundtable group of engaged civic and business leaders in a multi-county area surrounding Isanti County. This working group of financial institutions, politicians, social workers, teachers, clergy, hospitals and other professionals have been working together to reach out to their community as it struggles with financial issues.
This working group was the brain-child of the president of Community Pride Bank in Isanti, Greg Owens. He constantly updates the group on the foreclosure issue, convenes meetings and discussions on ways to stem the tide of foreclosures and is constantly looking for new and innovative ways to let homeowners in the area know about the availability of FREE Foreclosure Prevention Counseling services through LSS Financial Counseling.
On June 16th, LSS Financial Counseling will be hosting an event to recognize and celebrate just a few of the "financial advocates" who have made a difference in their communities over the last year and honor some of the people that have made a positive difference in the financial lives of Minnesota's residents.
Greg Owens is one of the recipients of this year's Financial Advocacy Awards! Congratulations Greg!!
The other recipients are Mayor Don Ness, City of Duluth and AccountAbility Minnesota.
The awards ceremony will be hosted at the LSS Center for LSS Center for Changing Lives in Minneapolis, and Attorney General Lori Swanson will be the keynote speaker.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Marie Garmoe via email or by calling 218-529-2296 by Friday, June 11th.