Free event offers help for struggling homeowners

Daniel Gutierrez

Free event offers help for struggling homeowners

CREATED Mar. 19, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Nevada still tops the nation when it comes to foreclosures. And as Tricia Kean reports, a lot of homeowners hoping to save their homes are heading to a free event, looking for some one-on-one help. 

"I'm looking to get help right now, because I'm on disability," says Bob Bottari.
He's someone a lot of people can relate to. He's struggling to make his monthly mortgage payments.
"If it wasn't for my friends and family helping me, and I had to take money out of my IRA, I would have been homeless by now," says Bob.
Up until now, Bob has spent hours on the phone looking for answers. And after today, he says he feels a little closer to a conclusion.
"It's a lot easier to talk to someone face to face than an automated machine or someone on the phone that's not really knowledgeable," says Bob.
Representatives from some of the largest mortgage companies in the country are all in attendance: Bank of America, Chase and Wells Fargo. Paul and Sharon Watson are hoping to lower their monthly mortgage payment because even a few extra dollars would help their bottom line.
"I'm unemployed right now and I'll probably go back to work by the end of the month. So we're okay. But we're looking ahead to figure out how we can have a little bit more money leftover every month," says Paul.
HUD-approved counselors from local organizations and representatives from several state agencies will be handing out information, in hopes of giving homeowners the answers they need, to help stay in their homes.
"We know Nevada has been one of the hardest hit states and many homeowners are struggling," says Andrea Risotto with the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Whether you're just starting to look for help, or you think there's no hope for you, Andrea says you've got to make it to this event.
"There are more options to avoid foreclosure today than ever before. Even if you've reached out before and been unsuccessful this is another opportunity," says Andrea.
Tuesday's event is brought to you by HOPE NOW and Making Home Affordable.
The event runs through 8:00 pm. It continues Wednesday, March 20, from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.
It's expected to be crowded, so show up early and make sure to have all your mortgage paperwork, plus your bank account info, and your last two pay stubs. It's all happening in the Paradise Event Center at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino on Paradise Road, near Riviera Boulevard.
Homeowners can also call the HOPE hotline at 888-995-4673.