Local Homeowners Gather at State-Wide Town Hall to Address the Housing Crisis


August 17, 2012

Deonna Kirkpatrick
Off: (216) 361-0718
Cell: 216-296-0363

Federal, state and local policymakers and candidates invited to Town Hall to discuss solutions for the foreclosure crisis impacting OH homeowners

AKRON, OH – Community and housing groups around the state are hosting a town hall that will bring together homeowners from all over Ohio, policymakers, and state and local elected officials, to discuss the current state of affairs and how we can work together and rebuild our housing market. The #MyHomeMyVote Town Hall will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2012, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Akron-Summit County Public Library at 60 South High Street, Akron, OH.

Across the nation, nearly one in four homeowners owes more on their mortgage than their home is worth.  Estimates of the national “debt overhang” afflicting our housing markets range from $700 billion to over one trillion dollars.  Ohio has the 11th highest foreclosure rate nationwide.

The event will be live streamed at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/myhomemyvote
For more information: http://bit.ly/OETU4U
To RSVP: http://bit.ly/MuZc1E
WHAT: #MyHome#MyVote Town Hall

WHEN: Thursday, August 23
6-8 p.m.

WHERE: Akron-Summit County Public Library
60 South High Street, Akron, OH

WHO: Ohio’s Underwater Homeowners, Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People, Asian Services in Action, Inc., and National Council of La Raza’s “Home for Good” Campaign
Doug Shelby, Northern Ohio Field Office Director, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Samantha Herd, District Director for U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton
Holly Miller, Summit County’s Community Development Coordinator and Member of County Task Forces on Foreclosure Prevention and Abandoned and Vacant Properties

INVITED: U.S. Reps. Marcia Fudge, Josh Mandel, Michael Turner, Marcy Kaptur, Steven LaTourette
U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman
President Barack Obama
U.S. Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney


Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP) is a HUD-certified foreclosure prevention counseling agency. We have 10 offices across Ohio to help urban, suburban and rural homeowners. We have been on the frontlines of the predatory lending and foreclosure epidemic since 1999. 

Asian Services In Action’s (ASIA) mission is to empower Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Northeastern Ohio to access quality, culturally, and linguistically appropriate information and services.  ASIA is Ohio’s largest comprehensive health and social service agency and serves over 8,000 people annually in 30 languages. 

National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States and works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.