Community Law Center Annual Regional Conference

Posted by on May 28, 2004

[posted from PACDC Newsletter]

Community Law Center 2004 First Annual Regional Conference

June 21
20 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD

Baltimore and similar regions are reeling from an epidemic of foreclsures, vacant homes and broken dreams. Meanwhile, residents are struggling to improve their blocks and streets by reclaiming a vacant house or lot, only to find that more homes become vacant and boarded. Despite these best attempts, the homes of low-wealth households continue to be threatented by predatory lending practices. Communities and municipalities suffer as well from the losses in revenue and population and the movement of investment to the outer ring suburbs.

During the past three and a half years, the Communitiy Law Center has served as the lead agency charged with staffing and coordinanting the Baltimore City Flipping & Predatory Lending Task Force. The conference provides the oppuortunity for the Baltimore Task Force and others involved in similar efforts throuout the region to convene to share “Lessons Learned” in identifying and responding to illegal property flipping (the quick purchase and resale of houses at falsely inflated values), mortgage fraud, predatory lending and predatory mortgage loan servicing practices.

Join community leaders, planners and developers, consumer advocates and attorneys, community organizations, housing counselors, elected officials, lawenforcement, regulatiors, policy makers, housing officials, researchers and industry professionals. The Keynote Address will be given ty The Honorable United States Senator Paul S. Sarbanes. Tenative panel sessions include: The Role of the Media; Preventive Measures; Preclaiming Foreclosed/Abandoned Properties; Loan Remediaiton/Rescue Funds; Baltimore’s Clearinghouse; Foreclosure Prevention Projects; “Community Lawyering”; Consumer Education & Financnial Literacy Campaings; Civil Legal Remedies & Enforcement of Fair Housing Laws; Federal, State and Local Regulatory and Legislative Reform; Law and Regulatory Enforcement Actions; Continuing Threats to Sustainable Homeownership; Industry Perspectives.

Register online at Early paid registration by June 1, 2004: $100 first person. $80 each addtional registrant from same organization. Special student rate: $35. Registration fee includes: conference materials, continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, lunch each day, and an evening reception on June 21st.

For more information please contact:
Ingrid Hitchens

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