Safeguard Shares Industry Knowledge with NCAHCO

North Carolina Association of Housing Code Officials
19th Annual Educational Conference
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
September 9-11, 2012

Following Safeguard’s initial outreach to code enforcement officers at a workshop last May, the North Carolina Association of Housing Code Officials invited Safeguard to present at the organization’s annual educational conference in September.  Heather Lazar, community relations liaison, met with officers from cities and towns across the state, including those hardest hit by foreclosures.  Many of the jurisdictions leading in foreclosure rates, including Raleigh, Durham, Winston-Salem, Concord and Wilmington, were in attendance.

Lazar delivered a presentation of the mortgage servicing industry’s active role in maintaining delinquent and foreclosed homes across the state.  A sequel presentation on the following day specifically addressed the foreclosure process, timeline, and legislation affecting this non-judicial state.  Both presentations provided much-needed information and generated constructive participation, dialogue, and questions that will lead to expanded skill sets for code enforcement professionals and collaborative opportunities between cities and the industry.

Code enforcement officers noted servicer identification, direct communication channels, and response times continue to be challenges in their day-to-day operations.  Lazar shared a hands-on demonstration of Compliance Connections®, noting the wide capabilities and solutions provided by the no-cost, web-based tool.  During the demonstration, one code enforcement officer spoke highly of the many successful outcomes that Compliance Connections® has provided to his department.  Immediately following the presentations, Compliance Connections® welcomed newly enrolled officers, doubling the number of municipalities utilizing the system in the state.

Safeguard has listened closely to code enforcement officers from across the nation and found the unfortunate trend of tightened municipal budgets that significantly limit the attendance and participation of code enforcement officers at annual conferences.  Knowing that sharing information is critical to accomplishing our shared goal of preserving properties and neighborhoods, Safeguard continued its support of ongoing education by offering scholarships to attend the three-day event.  Scholarships were awarded to code enforcement officers from Salisbury, Elizabeth City, and Concord. 

The community initiatives department congratulates NCAHCO for hosting a successful annual conference and was honored to have contributed to a solid agenda of crucial topics that directly impact code enforcement officers and communities.  We look forward to working with NCAHCO and its members in 2013.

About Safeguard
Safeguard Properties is the largest privately held field services company in the country. Located in Cleveland, Ohio and founded in 1990 by Robert Klein, Safeguard has grown from a regional preservation company with a few employees  and a handful of contractors performing services in the Midwest, to a national company with more than 1,600 employees. Safeguard is supported by a nationwide network of subcontractors able to perform any requested superintendence, preservation, and maintenance functions, as well as numerous ancillary services in the U.S., the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

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