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The Fair Housing Center, a private, non-profit civil rights agency dedicated to ending housing discrimination in northwest Ohio, is also a HUD certified housing counseling agency that works with homeowners facing foreclosure, said Lisa Lawson, of the Fair Housing Center.
“We work with people who are facing foreclosure. We got into that because there was so much predatory lending in the City of Toledo, primarily, but certainly elsewhere. The foreclosure crisis is now spreading because of that. We work with people to get loan modifications, and we also have some grants available right now for people who are behind in their mortgage,” said Lawson.
People have to meet certain criteria to be eligible, she added.
“Of course, the agencies or whoever gives us the money, tells us who qualifies. We do have some grant programs available right now. We’ve completed around 135 loan modifications for folks. People who are going through our program are saving an average of $150 per month. That’s a lot of money that stays right here on our community, if you multiply that out times 135. That’s to say nothing of the grants we’ve provided. They also see an average interest rate reduction of about 4.5 percent. So it’s amazing. We’ve put more than $8.5 million back into our community over the life of the loans for people who have those.”
Toledo has lost an important and prominent member of its art community
and members of VFW Post 250, in East Toledo, have lost their beloved commander.
Bernard “Bernie” Kirk Andrews, 59, of Toledo, passed away June 20 at his home. Andrews had been diagnosed with colon cancer in August of 2009, after a tumor in his colon had ruptured.
Andrews was born October 5, 1950, in Toledo, to Lewis and Dolores (Sweet) Andrews.
After graduating from Waite, Andrews went to culinary school at Owens Technical College and served an apprenticeship at Belmont Country Club, his father, Lewie, said.
An appeals court has upheld a decision by the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court which ruled the county’s agricultural society isn’t the employer of a county fair queen and isn’t liable for her actions in a 2008 auto accident she was involved in while driving to another fair.
The Sixth District Court of Appeals ruled the Ottawa County Agricultural Society didn’t control which activities Ariel Estes, who was crowned queen of the county fair in July, 2008, chose to attend as fair queen or how she was to transport herself to the events.
Estes, in her deposition, said she had picked up the runner-up and was on her way to pick the second runner-up when the accident occurred. The three were to represent Ottawa County at the Seneca County Fair.
According to court records, her vehicle crossed an intersection and collided with a vehicle driven by Dennis Hutton, who was injured as a result of the accident.
The common pleas court in September, 2009 dismissed Hutton’s claims against Estes’ parents for punitive damages and negligent entrustment.
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and the Great Lakes Historical Society entered into an agreement to work collaboratively to create the National Great Lakes Maritime Museum to be located at the Toledo Maritime Center in East Toledo’s Marina District.
The historical society has about 2,400 members living across the United States and Canada. The new venture relocates the Inland Seas Maritime Museum from its current location in Vermilion, west of Cleveland, to the Toledo Maritime Center.
“We’re not just bringing stuff from Vermilion, we’re actually creating an entire new experience,” said Christopher Gillcrest, executive director of the historical society.
Port authority officials, whose organization partnered with the City of Toledo in building the Toledo Maritime Center, stepped in when the announcement was made at a press conference Thursday morning. The city owns the land the center sits on.
Funds released to assist victims of tornado
As of June 21, $75,000 is available for the next six months to victims of the tornadoes who may need assistance with insurance deductibles, housing assistance, and other needs that resulted from the tornado disaster.
The grant provides $500 to 50 families in Ottawa County and 100 families in Wood County. Families who are eligible for this assistance are those who are on already established lists created by the county’s Emergency Management Association (EMA) or the Red Cross. In addition, AmeriCorps volunteers from WSOS have been assigned to each county to provide clean up assistance both to the communities as well as to homeowners.
Wood County residents can find information at Lutheran Social Services, 419-836-8986, or the United Way of Wood County. A case manager from Lutheran Social Services will work with Wood County families.
Ottawa County residents should call 419-332-7987 for assistance. A WSOS case manager is working with Ottawa County families.