CINCINNATI - A Cincinnati City Councilman is working to stop foreclosures in the city before they happen.
On Thursday, Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld is hosting a free informational session teaching ways to prevent a foreclosure on your own home.
Sittenfeld is teaming with Working In Neighborhoods to sponsor "Save Our Homes: An informational session to prevent home foreclosures."
"If we want to ensure safer, more livable neighborhoods with stronger property values, then we need to make every effort to stop foreclosures before they happen," Sittenfeld said.
He says the session is providing valuable resources and giving new information for military families, homeowners, coping with unemployment or reduced income, and programs that can help modify your mortgage.
There will be group presentations, smaller break-out sessions and free individual consultations.
"We strongly encourage anyone who may be facing possible foreclosure to attend," he said.
"Save Our Homes" is following a new ordinance created by Sittenfeld and Councilman Cecil Thomas that's holding banks and lenders accountable for their vacant, foreclosed homes. The ordinance says banks and lenders are responsible for the upkeep of the vacant homes, including cutting the grass and fixing broken windows.
The event is Thursday night in Council Chambers at City Hall. Registration is from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. It will last two hours, wrapping up at 8 p.m.