Unveiling the Hidden Struggles: Shaping a Financially Empowered Community

Jul 1, 2023 | Debt, Foreclosure

Are you in this situation? Picture yourself gearing up to host this year’s 4th of July BBQ, eagerly anticipating the gathering of colleagues, neighbors, friends, and family. Amid the excitement, you meticulously attend to every detail, from matching cups to tablecloths to catering for your vegan cousin. However, amidst the frenzy, the looming threat of foreclosure is overshadowing the celebration for someone within your circle.

Meet Sam, a successful manager grappling with financial uncertainty, silently navigating the intricate web of foreclosure worries. While you fret over trivial matters, Sam sits alone, burdened by his concerns, revealing the profound truth that financial troubles are more common within our peer groups than we might realize.

As laughter resonates at the BBQ, Sam’s furrowed brow remains unnoticed. It’s time to open our eyes to the prevalence of foreclosure and financial struggles in our communities and explore practical and unconventional ways to offer support.

In a Financial Wellness Survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, ~25% of households earning $100,000 to $150,000 per year reported having less than $1,000 in emergency savings. Additionally, ~50% of respondents in the same income bracket said they’d struggle to cover $1,000 or more in unexpected expenses.

These numbers reveal a profound truth:

Financial troubles are far more common within your peer group than you realize.

Initiate conversations about money; break down the stigma. Sam’s story reveals the urgency to normalize discussing financial matters. Wage transparency is key; discussing salaries fosters equity. Empower others with financial knowledge and resources, recommending professionals and providing guidance on personal finance, budgeting, and debt management.

Challenge the stigma around money-saving practices. Imagine a world where conversations about budgeting and thrifty habits are admired. Embrace coupons as instruments of financial responsibility. Normalize talking about money, and together, let’s build a world where financial discussions inspire others to make smart choices.

Expand your financial knowledge through online courses and workshops. Seek resources to enhance your understanding of budgeting, investing, and managing debt. Take action to make a difference in the lives of those facing financial challenges, like Sam, who grapples with the imminent threat of foreclosure.

As you gather for your 4th of July BBQ, reflect on the hidden struggles beneath the surface. Shatter the silence, normalize conversations about money, and become beacons of hope. Join me, a foreclosure attorney and financial advocate in Connecticut, on this journey towards financial stability—one conversation, one step at a time. Together, let’s ignite change, addressing wealth disparity and creating a brighter future for all!

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I’ll talk to anyone who is currently behind on their mortgage, thinks they may not be able to afford their mortgage in the coming months, or is already in foreclosure. The earlier we talk, the more options you have.

… Sarah Poriss.

Sarah Poriss, Attorney at Law, LLC is the largest woman-owned foreclosure defense law firm in Connecticut, providing homeowners with quality legal counsel in foreclosure mediation and foreclosure defense.

Working at Consumer Law Group in Rocky Hill, Connecticut for four years, Sarah specialized in representing consumers facing financial crises like debt collection harassment and identity theft. Upon opening her own office, she expanded her focus to defending consumers sued by credit card companies and representing homeowners in foreclosure.

Sarah has elevated her practice by exclusively representing clients with money issues. She played a crucial role in drafting foreclosure mediation rules as a member of Connecticut’s Bench-Bar Foreclosure Committee for seven years.

Additionally, she contributed to the Bench-Bar Small Claims Committee to enhance clarity in small claims proceedings and ensure debt collectors provide substantial evidence to win cases.

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