: News

Home Rescue Fair Targets Latinos Facing Foreclosure

Play associated audio

By Rebecca Sheir

A report from a Latino advocacy group in D.C. and the University of North Carolina suggests more than one-million Latino families will lose their homes to foreclosure from 2009 through 2012. The organizers of a "home rescue fair" in Prince William County, Virginia, are hoping to reduce that number locally.

The National Council of La Raza co-authored the report and co-organized the fair, which will feature free sessions with loan specialists, attorneys and housing counselors, to assist people facing foreclosure.

The fair is open to anyone in the D.C. area, and will include interpreters to assist Spanish speakers. NCLR's legislative analyst, Graciela Aponte, says she expects a large Latino contingent.

"They still believe in the American dream to have this home, to have their own home," says Aponte. "And there is a lot of responsibility with being a home owner, but it's a lot of freedom, and a lot of people are proud they are actually home owners."

NCLR is partnering with several other organizations to hold 40 home rescue fairs across the country. The next one in Virginia is scheduled for August.

Today's fair begins at 4 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington in Manassas, Virginia.

NPR

'Harriet Chance' Explores Late-Life Reinvention

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Jonathan Evison about his new novel, This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance, in which the title character finds herself on an Alaskan cruise with the ghost of her husband and a daughter she can't trust.
NPR

These Are The People Who Haul Our Food Across America

Farmers, chefs and small-batch producers get a lot of praise these days. Truckers are rarely mentioned — yet most of the food that ends up on our dinner tables depends on their labor.
NPR

Congress Faces A Crazy-Busy September

When Congress returns from summer recess Tuesday, it will tackle the Iran nuclear deal, but that won't be its only big issue. NPR's Scott Simon gets the details from correspondent Scott Horsley.
NPR

#MemeOfTheWeek: 'Stand With Rand'

NPR's Politics team will be highlighting Internet trends making waves throughout the election. This week, we're highlighting a a Rand Paul app gone wild.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.