Community Reinvestment Workshop Series
Each year, NEDAP presents the Community Reinvestment Workshop Series for community groups, activists and organizers. Workshops address critical financial justice and community development issues affecting New Yorkers and their neighborhoods.
Click here for 2010 Workshop Series flyer!
12th Annual Community Reinvestment Workshop Series
1. Ins and Outs of Student Loan Debt — June 10, 2010
More low income New Yorkers are struggling with student loan debt than ever before, including from sham trade schools that target people and communities of color. This session will expose participants to the ins-and-outs of student loan advocacy. Presenters from NEDAP and the National Consumer Law Center will describe different types of student loans and explain how to help clients avert and resolve student loan issues. Presenters will provide information on key resources, including student loan debt cancellation/repayment/settlement programs. Guest Presenter: Deanne Loonin, NCLC
2.5 CLE Credits: Professional Practice (transitional & non-transitional)
2. Foreclosure Prevention Strategies: Addressing Second Liens — June 29, 2010
Second lien (“piggy-back”) mortgages became a widespread problem during the subprime lending boom, and now present a major obstacle in the loan modification process. Presenters from South Brooklyn Legal Services and NEDAP will provide an overview of second lien mortgages and strategies for negotiating and settling them with lenders, servicers, and debt buyers. They will cover proof of ownership issues and explain how groups can tap into NEDAP’s Foreclosure Prevention Gap Loan Fund and other vital foreclosure prevention tools.
2 CLE Credits: Professional Practice (transitional & non-transitional)
1 CLE Credit: Skills (transitional & non-transitional)
3. Intro to the Debt Buyer Industry: Overview & Issue Spotting — July 14, 2010
This session will provide an overview of the debt-buying industry — a fast-growing segment of the debt collection industry, which has become a plague for lower income New Yorkers. MFY Legal Services and NEDAP will discuss the emergence of the debt buying industry, its rampant abuses, and implications for lower income communities and communities of color in NYC and beyond. Participants will then work with small break-out groups to review case examples, and discuss issue-spotting strategies and identify options and solutions for lower income New Yorkers aggrieved by debt buyers’ abusive practices.
3 CLE Credits: Professional Practice (transitional & non-transitional)
The Workshop Series is geared to community groups and legal services advocates. All sessions will include ample time for questions and discussion.
Registration is required. Register by email: email@example.com or see reverse page.
Fees: $30 per session. Attend all three workshops for $75! Scholarships available.
For more info, contact Luis Caridad at luis[at]nedap.org or 212.680.5100, ext. 209.
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Past Workshop Series:
11th Annual Community Reinvestment Workshop Series
The 2008 Workshop Series was a great success!
Thanks to all who participated!
1. Mechanics of a Foreclosure - Thursday, May 8, 2008
This workshop walked participants through the foreclosure process in New York State, from mortgage default to home auction. Presenters described the entities involved in a foreclosure, and resources available to homeowners representing themselves in court (pro se) or seeking legal representation. Presenters: Oda Friedheim, Queens Legal Aid; Josh Zinner, NEDAP
2. Strategies for Foreclosure Prevention - Thursday, May 15, 2008
Building on "Mechanics of a Foreclosure," this session covered a range of foreclosure prevention strategies and resources, including loss mitigation, bankruptcy, and programs to help borrowers in distress. Presented discussed what homeowners and advocates need to know when negotiating with mortgage servicers, and participants engaged in a strategy session in which they shared their experiences and lessons learned on the ground. Presenters: Herman De Jesus, South Brooklyn Legal Services; Josh Zinner, NEDAP; Bonita Dowling, Pratt Area Community Council; Lionel Ouellette, CHANGER; James Pagano, private attorney; Dwayne Jones, Parodneck Foundation
3. Life of a Debt - Thursday, June 5, 2008
This session explored the ins and outs of the debt industry, following the life of a debt as it is bought and sold. Consumer attorneys and advocates discussed people's rights and options in debt collection, and how to avoid credit repair and debt consolidation scams. Presentations were followed by a strategy session on how community groups can educate and organize their members on these issues. Presenters: Claudia Wilner, NEDAP; Susan Shin, Queens Legal Aid
4. Promoting Community Financial Justice - Thursday, June 19, 2008
This workshop addressed the proliferation of high-cost and predatory financial services in low income communities, and highlight community responses. Participants learned about tax refund loans, rent-to-own stores, pre-paid debit cards, subprime credit cards and international money transfers, for example, and their impact on NYC neighborhoods. Guest presenters discussed local campaigns to fight economic discrimination and promote fair lending, corporate accountability and community reinvestment. Presenters: Deyanira Del Rio and Rebeca Gamez, NEDAP; Paige Bellenbaum, Habitat for Humanity NY; Leticia Alanis, Fifth Avenue Committee/La Union; Zoe Sullivan, Queens Community House
"Presenters were experienced, knowledgeable, and generous with expertise and information." - AR
"My community is in desperate need of this information!" - CD
"This will help me counsel my clients." - SFR
"Great information and handouts. Excellent, motivating speakers." - KCO
"Wonderful workshop. Tools provided are extrememely useful and presented in a manner that is easy to digest. Thank you!" - ML