SAN JOSE -- Help for homeowners struggling with mortgage payments and foreclosure threats will be offered Saturday in San Jose by the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County.

The event begins at 9 a.m. at Overfelt High School, 1835 Cunningham Ave., and ends at 3 p.m.

The assistance comes from a consortium of nonprofits led by the Housing Trust. Other members are Asian Inc., the Law Foundation, Neighborhood Housing Services, Project Sentinel, SurePath and volunteers from the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors.

The group notes that in July, more than 1,000 families in Santa Clara County were involved in a foreclosure proceeding. While the foreclosure crisis may have peaked, the Center for Responsible Lending says that California is still only halfway through the foreclosure crisis.

Advice about programs that can help and scams to be wary of will be offered by foreclosure counselors certified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"Homeowners facing default who attend the foreclosure prevention fair can get effective counseling and learn how new laws passed by the Legislature can protect them," Assembly member Jim Beall said in a statement.

Contact Pete Carey at 408-920-5419.

Foreclosure Help
About 300 to 400 people are expected to attend and receive help from certified housing counselors and experts in foreclosure problems Saturday.
WHAT: Anyone who is struggling to make mortgage payments each month, or is worried about foreclosure, is invited to come and receive help. Meet with a HUD-certified foreclosure counselor who knows the system. They can help find solutions. Learn about which programs can help you, and scams that can hurt you.
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Overfelt High School, 1835 Cunningham Ave., San Jose
For more information, go to www.foreclosurehelpscc.org