Posted Thursday, January 13th, 2011

The Morris County Department of Human Services has joined with the nonprofit Housing Partnership to form a Foreclosure Task Force.

The major goal of the group is to reach out to those who are already in foreclosure, or who are in danger of being in foreclosure, to provide them with a variety of resources they can turn to for assistance.

Mary Jo Buchanan, director of the Department of Human Services, said data from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy estimates that in Morris County, 3.7 percent county residents have loans that are 90 days or more delinquent.

Another issue the task force hopes to address is the need to assist renters in foreclosed properties, Buchanan said.

The task force has just begun its work and will focus on improving service delivery, outreach and coordinating the resources that are available to those in or facing foreclosure.

The Dover-based Housing Partnership serves as a resource for home buyer education and related programs in northern New Jersey.