POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Kirby hosts first town hall meeting; Johnson to help homeowners

Gwinnett's newest representative in the General Assembly will talk to his electorate about how the 2012 turned out, during a town hall meeting this week.

Rep. Tom Kirby, who was elected to a Loganville district in a special election runoff in March, was able to participate in the last few weeks of the General Assembly session.

He'll talk about the experience, provide an overview of legislation passed, answer questions and listen to concerns at his first town hall meeting Tuesday.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Anna Holcombe building, which is located next to Loganville City Hall.

Residents of eastern Gwinnett County and western Walton County are encouraged to attend.

Johnson to host homeowner assistance event

Congressman Hank Johnson announced Friday that he is hosting a community event April 28 to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure.

In conjunction with the with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs' HomeSafe Georgia program, the D&E Group and DeKalb County, the HomeSafe event is scheduled for April 28 at Salem Bible Church in Lithonia.

The program, Johnson said, could help residents struggling to keep their homes, offering mortgage payment assistance and re-structuring loan payments that runs through December 2017.

"I applaud the progress we're making to prevent foreclosures, but so much more needs to be done to save people's homes," said Johnson, whose district includes parts of western Gwinnett.

Congressman Johnson sent a letter to Gov. Deal this week urging the state to take immediate action to broaden the HomeSafe eligibility requirements so "Georgians can save their homes immediately."

"It's so important that we hold this event -- to let homeowners know there's help," he said. "If you or someone you know is unemployed or have seen a dramatic drop in income because of the economy, we might be able to help save your home."

To pre-qualify and to register, visit D&E Group's website at www.depower.org or homeowners can call 770-961-6900 or toll-free at 877-790-1831.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

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