There has been a recent jump in housing foreclosures in the region. Dave Peters of Mid-Columbia Housing Resource Center says they get a report from the state of Oregon every month showing how many foreclosure notices are given in the region. He says Wasco County received eight notices and Hood River County five in a two-week period last month, one of the highest months in the last two years. Peters says banks will decide at given times to start filing foreclosures notices. Peters notes Oregon passed a law two years ago requiring banks to give a notice to allow homeowners to talk to a moderator and a counselor in an effort to find a solution before a foreclosure can proceed. Foreclosure avoidance information is available on-line at oregonhomeownersupport.gov or by calling Peters at 541-296-3397, extension 18.