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Free foreclosure counseling in Columbia Saturday, for homeowners state wide (AUDIO)

The South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority will offer free clinics in Columbia on Saturday for struggling homeowners state wide who are facing foreclosure.

Housing authority spokesman Clayton Ingram says, “Foreclosure filings are still on the rise—one in every 700 has received a filing, and that was last year’s figure.”

Ingram says if you’re facing foreclosure, the worst thing you can do is to wait. He says getting counseling considerably improves your chances of keeping your home. And he emphasizes that the Columbia event is for anyone in the state, and worth the trip if you’re coming from out of town.

AUDIO: Ingram on clinics and the growth of mortgage suffering (2:03)

The clinics will be held at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1p.m. Saturday at the Hilton Hotel in Columbia on Senate Street.

Licensed Housing and Urban Development (HUD) counselors will conduct the clinics, which are also sponsored by the Homeownership Resource Center, a division of Family Services.

Those attending a clinic should bring their most recent statement from their lender; a recent pay stub from all homeowners on the mortgage; any legal papers from attorneys related to foreclosure; and their most recent bank statement, tax return and utility bill.

For more information call 1-888-320-0350 or visit

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