Safeguard Participates in LGA Curriculum; Shows Options to Fight Blight
Local Government Academy
“New Tools in the Blight Fight: Options in Dealing with Dilapidated or Abandoned Properties”
Carnegie Library of Homestead, PA
October 15th, 2013
On October 15, the Local Government Academy (LGA) convened a training session titled “Options in Dealing with Dilapidated or Abandoned Properties”. Following prior presentations for the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) and the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, Safeguard Properties was invited to participate in the curriculum.
Michael Halpern, Safeguard’s director of community initiatives, provided attendees with insight into mortgage servicing best practices. Attendees voiced their frustration with identifying proper points of contacts following abandonment by the homeowner/mortgagor. Halpern provided a demonstration of the Compliance Connections® platform designed specifically to address this very issue and shared the successes from its widespread usage across the nation.
The LGA was established in 1983 to “promote excellence in government through education” for local government elected and appointed officials and municipal employees. The LGA’s continuing objectives include offering more than 30 training and educational programs to local government officials in an expanded market area, and coordinating a range of on-site technical assistance to assist distressed municipalities in implementing what they learned in the classroom.
In 2012, the LGA and its partners, Sustainable Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Housing Alliance, launched the “New Tools in the Fight Against Blight” training series. This series focuses on new tools that are transforming the way blight and abandonment is fought in communities across southwestern Pennsylvania — and the Commonwealth — and provides elected and appointed officials, community leaders, municipal solicitors and citizens with the information they need to better understand what tools exist and how they can use them to properly addresses blighted and abandoned properties.
Safeguard realizes the continual need to share knowledge and available resources to communities across the country. LGA is yet another new platform to communicate, share, collaborate, and partner. Safeguard would like to offer its appreciation to LGA for including the company in this training session and extend its best wishes for continued success.
Safeguard Properties is the largest mortgage field services company in the U.S. Founded in 1990 by Robert Klein and based in Valley View, Ohio, the company inspects and maintains defaulted and foreclosed properties for mortgage servicers, lenders, and other financial institutions. Safeguard employs approximately 1,700 people, in addition to a network of thousands of contractors nationally. Website: www.safeguardproperties.com.