PUYALLUP, Wash. -- While the foreclosure rate is dropping across the state of Washington, it's still a concern in Pierce County where the rate is two times the state's average.
That's why a group of advocates is bringing a documentary about foreclosures to Tacoma next week.
"We went a year and a half without making a payment," said John Sullivan, a homeowner in Puyallup who this month paid his first mortgage bill in more than a year.
He credits the free assistance he got from the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle for helping him modify his loan.
"There's a light at the end of the tunnel," said Sullivan.
The Pierce County Foreclosure Prevention Rountable is sponsoring the Tacoma screening of the documentary, shot in Portland, Oregon.
"We want homeowners to know they have options," said Angeline Thomas, the roundtable's Foreclosure Mediation and Outreach Project Attorney.
Thomas said homeowners making less than 400 percent of the federal poverty level are entitled to free foreclosure representation. She hopes showing the movie in Tacoma will raise awareness about the problem and potential solutions for homeowners in trouble.
For information about the film and tickets, go to: www.americanwintertacoma.eventbrite.com
Homeowners with questions about foreclosures can call the state's hotline at 1-877-894-HOME(4663) or visit one of the state's websites on the topic: www.wshfc.org/buyers/counseling.htm or www.commerce.wa.gov/Programs/housing/Foreclosure/Pages/default.aspx