Mortgage Fraud, Foreclosure, and Neighborhood Stabilization

On November 13th Westview neighbors Scott Smith and Patrick Berry were invited to participate in a panel discussion about Mortgage Fraud and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program at Morehouse College. The event started with a screening of the documentary “When A House Is Not A Home,” produced and directed by neighboring West End residents Brent Brewer and Paulette Richards. The screening was followed by a panel discussion and Q&A about mortgage fraud, foreclosure, and the recently announced HUD program called Neighborhood Stabilization program. Scott Smith contributed with his knowledge about mortgage fraud based on his years of research about the topic. Patrick Berry contributed his knowledge about the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and how this grant money may help neighborhoods like Westview fill empty, foreclosed houses with homeowners.

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Morehouse Panel Discussion 2008

Westview on 11Alive

Mark Malaguerra of Westview was featured on 11Alive News last night. Mark is the former President of the Westview Community Organization and has lived in Westview for seven years. The article and broadcast report only mentioned West End, but a lot of the footage was actually of Westview. Even with all our efforts people still seem to get the neighborhoods confused.

The story talks about how mortgage fraud swept through the area in the early to mid 2000’s and really hurt the community. They also talk about the positive side of the situation, which is a lot of wonderful old homes available for half the prices you would find in other intown Atlanta neighborhoods.

If you would like a walking tour of Westview please contact Scott Smith at (404) 752-6423.

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