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Foreclosures Panel

Experts to Address Inland Empire Foreclosures

Community-based advocates will address community impacts and solutions in a panel discussion at UC Riverside on April 24.

(April 17, 2009)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The Inland Empire is at the heart of the nation’s foreclosure crisis, and the impacts are being felt by individual families who lose their homes, neighborhoods that are pocked with vacant houses, and local governments whose tax revenues are plummeting.

UC Riverside will host a panel discussion focused on how the crisis is affecting communities and possible solutions on Friday, April 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Highlander Union Building (formerly the Commons) 355. The event is free and open to the public.

The panel, “Saving Our Homes: Strategies and Solutions to the Inland Empire’s Foreclosure Crisis,” will address issues such as questionable practices of some lending companies, affordable housing, tenants affected by foreclosures, penalties for unmaintained properties in foreclosure, potential legislation, and strategies to prevent the problem from worsening.

Panelists will include: Kevin Stein, associate director of the California Reinvestment Coalition; Christina Spach and Carmen Focundo of San Bernardino ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now); Jordan Ash of Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA); Vanesa Estrada, UCR assistant professor of sociology; and a representative from the Alliance for Homebuyer’s Justice, which is affiliated with LIUNA.

“This is just a huge issue everywhere, particularly in Riverside County,” said Ellen Reese, associate professor of sociology and director of UCR’s Labor Studies program. “Through this event we hope to raise awareness about the extent of the problem and how it is affecting individual families, as well as whole communities, and to discuss possible policy changes and other actions that could address these problems.”

The event is co-sponsored by UCR Labor Studies, UCR Public Policy Initiative, LIUNA, and San Bernardino ACORN. It is funded with a grant from the UC Miguel Contreras Labor Studies Development program.

For more information about the event or to obtain a parking pass contact Ellen Reese at

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