Foreclosure website, counselors available

A new website is offering help to homeowners by providing information about programs and access to certified foreclosure counselors.

Services are designed to help homeowners make decisions about whether they can, or should, stay in their home.

The site connects homeowners to programs for assistance.

Homeowners who are struggling, are behind on payments or have gone into default are encouraged to visit and use the “Find a Counselor” search feature.

They can also dial 211 from any phone in the state for assistance finding a counselor.

For more information visit

Team raising funds for PKD Foundation

A local woman is leading a team in an upcoming Portland walk to raise money for the PKD Foundation, which supports education and research on the life-threatening polycystic kidney disease.

The walk is being held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Lents Park in Southeast Portland.

Amie Griggs, a resident of Boring who grew up in Gresham, and her daughter have PKD, a genetic disease that causes kidneys to fail and affects a reported 600,000 Americans.

Griggs and her team, Imperfection is Beauty, are looking to raise $2,000 in the walk as well as attract sponsors and participants, and to spread the word about PKD.

People who are interested in helping Griggs’ team can visit, access the Portland walk and look for her team’s page under Imperfection is Beauty; or they can call her at 503-936-9217.

Griggs said checks, payable to the PKD Foundation, can also be sent to 11141 S.E. Ramona Drive, Boring, 97009, to help with the fundraising efforts.

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