Wednesday, July 22, 2009 | 7:49 a.m.
WASHINGTON - Unable to get your mortgage lender on the phone?
Try putting the muscle of the Senate Majority Leader's office behind your call.
Sen. Harry Reid is putting five Nevada staffers on the housing beat, making them available to help constituents trying to avoid foreclosure.
The senator's staff will operate as caseworkers, helping homeowners figure out their best option and getting them in touch with lenders.
“One of the biggest complaints I get from people fighting to stay in their homes is that they can’t get anyone on the phone to talk to them,” Reid said in a statement. "That’s how I can help.”
Reid's office said the senator won’t be able to solve every problem. But he will help homeowners get in touch with those who may be able to help with financial counseling, legal aid and other services.
For housing help, call the senator's offices at (702) 388-5020 or (775) 686-5750.
Nevada’s other lawmakers note that they, too, have staff ready to assist homeowners avoid foreclosure.
Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley said homeowners in her Las Vegas-area district can call her office at (702) 220-9823.
Republican Sen. John Ensign’s office said its staff can help Spanish-speakers and those using sign language.