Milton-Freewater Public Library to host identity theft, home-buying seminar

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The Milton-Freewater Public Library will host a four-week program on identity theft, home buying and money management in November. The series, directed toward consumers and their credit, will kick off Nov. 2.

Each weekly program runs Tuesdays 7-8 p.m. in the Albee Community Room at the library, 8 S.W. Eighth Ave. next to City Hall. The programs are free and open to the public. Attendees can participate in one or all of the programs and do not need to register in advance.

The credit-oriented programs are provided through the "LEO Saves" initiative, sponsored by Libraries of Eastern Oregon. LEO Saves is a two-year project for the public libraries in Umatilla and Morrow counties to encourage people to learn more about saving, investing and sound financial management, according to the announcement.

Staff members of the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Tri-Cities preside over the programs.

The first Tuesday will be "Financial Management 101," focusing on financial self-sufficiency through the use of budgets. It will be followed Nov. 9 by "Know Your Credit," which will explain how to obtain a free credit report and how to understand exactly what your creditor sees when looking at the report.

"Identity Theft: It Can Happen to You" will be Nov. 16. That program focuses on consumer protections against fraudulent use of credit or savings. The final program on Nov. 23 is "Home Buying," a guide for pre-qualifying for a loan and targeted toward low- and moderate-income first-time home buyers, limited equity borrowers and others interested in learning about today's housing market.

For more information call Rachel Rodriguez, LEO Saves field coordinator, at 541-667-5059; Milton-Freewater Public Library Director Bob Jones at 541-938-8246; or LEO executive director Lyn Craig at 541-763-2355.

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