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HomeFree-USA to Host Strategic Leadership Forum in Baltimore

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HomeFree-USA today announces it will host the second in a series of one-day Strategic Leadership Forums on Monday, November 3. The event in Baltimore will bring about 100 nonprofit community leaders together with lenders, servicers and local government officials to address the continuing foreclosure crisis in minority communities.

The Strategic Leadership Forum will be held at the Renaissance Baltimore Haborplace from 9:00am to 3:00pm, Monday, November 3. The first Forum was held in Chicago in October. The series will be completed in Miami in December.

Our premier sponsor for the Forums is Ocwen Financial Services (NYSE:OCN) , fourth largest mortgage servicer in the U.S., and a leader in foreclosure prevention. We are also grateful for the support of Wells Fargo and Chase Bank as co-sponsors of our Baltimore Forum.

“It is well documented that minority communities were hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis,” said Marcia Griffin, founder and president of HomeFree-USA. “It is critical that mortgage companies, non-profit leaders and housing advocates work together to help minority homeowners save their homes, save their neighborhoods and rebuild their lives. We have a long history of working with Ocwen to reach out to borrowers and avoid foreclosure. We are proud to have Ocwen as our premier sponsor, and keynote presenter at this event.”

“We are delighted to partner with an organization with the integrity and passion of HomeFree to further our mission of foreclosure prevention,” said Paul Koches, senior advisor at Ocwen and a featured speaker at the Baltimore Forum. “These Forums enlist the help of community leaders in working with housing advocates and industry players to help struggling borrowers in minority communities hold onto their homes. Without housing counselors and community advocates to help us with borrower outreach, we could not maintain our leading position in foreclosure prevention.”

About HomeFree-USA

HomeFree-USA is a HUD approved nonprofit homeownership and financial counseling leader. With 68 nonprofit partners nationwide, the HomeFree-USA network represents the interests of 4.6 million renters, homebuyers and homeowners. A 0% foreclosure rate is enjoyed by homebuyers who have participated in HomeFree-USA pre-purchase programs. For more information visit

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