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CFO Sink Announces Upcoming Lawyer/lender Roundtable to Help Floridians Avoid Foreclosure

4/8/2009

Contact: Kyra Jennings or Kevin Cate
             (850) 413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE – Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink today announced that she will bring together Florida lenders and attorneys with the Florida Attorneys Saving Homes program this month for a roundtable discussion on streamlining efforts to keep Floridians in their homes. 
 
The roundtable, to be held April 20, 2009 in Tampa, will give lenders and pro bono lawyers the chance to discuss how to improve their communication and interaction, as they work together to help Floridians facing the threat of foreclosure.  CFO Sink stood with Florida Legal Services attorneys who are part of the Florida Attorneys Saving Homes (FASH) program to announce the upcoming roundtable.
 
“As we are all aware, for a number of years Florida has been ground zero for the housing crisis faced by our country today,” said CFO Sink. “That’s why I have worked to find any avenue possible to provide real, tangible help to Floridians facing the threat of foreclosure.”
 
In 2007, CFO Sink reached out to the Florida Bar and asked that they provide assistance to struggling homeowners in the state, and the Florida Attorneys Saving Homes program was created.  The program pairs pro bono attorneys with Florida homeowners who are behind on their mortgage payments, to help these homeowners try and find solutions with their lenders.  Over 1,000 lawyers across the state have volunteered their time in response to CFO Sink’s call to launch this program.
 
“Attorneys who are volunteering their time to help Florida homeowners have reported running into some roadblocks,” CFO Sink continued. “That’s why today I am announcing that on April 20th in Tampa, I will be bringing the lawyers and lenders together, and asking them to discuss face-to-face the best way to keep Floridians in their homes.”
 
In addition to the Florida Attorneys Saving Homes Program, CFO Sink has also launched the Florida Housing Help Initiative to assist homeowners facing foreclosure. The initiative partners with community organizations and elected officials to hold foreclosure workshops around the state, and nearly 1,000 families have already attended these events.
 
For more information on CFO Sink’s Florida Housing Help Initiative or the Florida Attorneys Saving Homes program, visit www.MyFloridaCFO.com. Details, including venue information and time of the April 20 roundtable, will be announced soon.