The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Patricia Roberts Harris National Fair Housing Training Academy (NFHTA) have announced a new education initiative designed to address fraudulent, predatory and unfair lending practices.
The NFHTA and HUD's Fair Housing Assistance Program partners will provide a series of free public seminars in eight cities across the country to help educate the public on lending issues and how to avoid foreclosure.Â
Two- to three-day seminars are scheduled to be held in Cleveland; Fort Worth, Texas; Los Angeles; Miami; Phoenix; Philadelphia; Salt Lake City; and Stockton, Calif.
"In order to combat discriminatory lending and fraud, community advocates must be armed with education, training and strategies to help the public," says John TrasviÃ±a, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. "These seminars will allow participants to begin to obtain advice and, if necessary, file fair-housing complaints."
Participants will receive hands-on experience with the lending process, using actual loan documents and paperwork. All seminars are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.Â