Help for 417 Rentals tenants this weekend

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SPRINGFIELD — After the foreclosure has rocked the foundation for many families, there is help available this weekend.

Friday afternoon tenants had a chance to get information on what lies ahead for them whether it be legal advice, or help getting into housing.

Of course, all of this stemming from the foreclosure of hundreds of 417 Rental properties. Many tenants say they are not even sure who to pay rent to. 

The event Friday and Saturday is a collaboration of several organizations helping people during this transitional period. 

Michelle Garand with Community Partnership of the Ozarks says for hundreds of families hanging in the balance of the property companys’ foreclosure, this is a chance to get clarity on what is available to them.

“Individuals may not understand that they have some options out there, and may actually face homelessness. We have a homeless service system that is very overwhelmed already, and so if we can engage individuals and get them rehoused immediatley, them that is obviously our goal,” says Garand. 

Many families like Dustin Knight attended Friday to get some guidance. He and his wife and their three kids moved into a 417 property about 8 months ago. Knight says a month in, the foreclosure happened. 

He says they have hope the event will give them an idea on their next move.

“So far it’s been kind of tough. We don’t know who to pay, where to go , where to find information. I’ve been trying to follow it on the news. You guys do an excellent job on trying to keep us up to date but for some of us, we still don’t have answers, and when you’ve got kids, it’s kind of hard. We’re going to live there until we find out something, but they’ll hopefully give us more answers than what we’ve got right now,” Knight says.

There are still quite a few properties left in foreclosure that will be auctioned off in the coming weeks, and many of them are expected to be bought by Enterprise Commercial Group, which had representation on hand.

If people missed out Friday, they still have a chance to get this help on Saturday.

The same help will be accessible to tenants at the Betty & Bob Allison Dream Center at 829. W Atlantic St.

The event runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

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