The Minnesota Home Ownership Center was pleased to have been able to host a roundtable discussion on Saturday, June 26, 2010 with Senator Al Franken and representatives from a number of housing and lending organizations from around the State. A number of topics were discussed including information about the current foreclosure situation in Minnesota, the need for additional housing counseling dollars, the impact of the SAFE Act on housing counseling, what is working (and what’s not) with the HAMP program.
In addition, the Senator reiterated his support for a strong consumer watchdog agency to make sure that consumers are protected in their dealings with financial institutions, including credit card companies and mortgage lenders.
Representatives from several organizations attended the roundtable, including the Minnesota Home Ownership Center, Minnesota Housing, the City of Minneapolis, the City of St. Paul, Neighborhood Development Alliance, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Community Pride Bank and the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund.
There are a number of photos of the day’s events at the Center’s online photo gallery on FlickR.
Here are just a few:
Senator Al Franken with Executive Director Julie Gugin:
Roundtable participants speak with Senator Franken after the event:
The full photo gallery is here.