Cambridge Credit Awarded HUD Funding to Help Unemployed Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure

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Deadline for Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program applications is July 22, 2011.

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This is great news for homeowners who’ve lost their jobs, are underemployed, or are suffering from challenging medical conditions.

Cambridge Credit Counseling Corporation, a professional housing and credit counseling agency based in Agawam, Massachusetts, has been awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help Commonwealth residents avoid foreclosure. The Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program (EHLP) is designed to help ease the current housing crisis, in which more than 6.3 million homeowners are threatened with foreclosure. Homeowners who have experienced a substantial loss of income due to unemployment, underemployment, or medical condition can receive interest-free, forgivable loans to pay their mortgage, property tax and insurance bills for up to two years, or until they exhaust the maximum EHLP loan amount of $50,000 – whichever comes first.

Approved homeowners are eligible to receive one-time EHLP assistance to bring their mortgage current, as well as ongoing monthly assistance. If a homeowner is selected to receive a loan through the EHLP program, payments will subsidize their monthly mortgage bill; allowing them to pay just 31% of their income or $150, whichever is greater - EHLP will pay the balance. No payments are due on the 5-year term of these loans, providing that the homeowner meets all the conditions of the program. If so, the loan will be forgiven in 20% increments each year.

“This is great news for homeowners who’ve lost their jobs, are underemployed, or are suffering from challenging medical conditions,” remarked Cambridge president Christopher Viale. “We’re happy to be able to provide meaningful help to homeowners throughout Massachusetts.”

Homeowners applying for an EHLP loan will have to complete a Pre-Applicant Screen Worksheet, which is available by calling Cambridge at 888-544-EHLP (888-544-3457). The worksheet must be submitted to an EHLP counseling agency by July 22, 2011. Applicants will need to work with an approved EHLP housing counseling agency and provide required documentation. A checklist of these documents is listed in the Pre-Applicant Screen Worksheet.

“Many of our member churches have been trying to offer support to parishioners facing these serious circumstances,” noted Archbishop Timothy Paul of the Council of Churches of Greater Springfield. “The lack of effective government programs has made it difficult, but Cambridge’s participation in EHLP offers new hope to our congregations.”

If you live in Massachusetts and are facing foreclosure due to a substantial loss of income arising from unemployment, underemployment, or medical condition, call 888-544-EHLP (888-544-3457) to talk to a HUD-certified housing counselor who can help you determine your eligibility for the new Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program.

Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. is a professional housing and debt counseling agency dedicated to educating young adults on the importance of sound financial management, and to providing financially distressed Americans with education and debt management services appropriate to their needs. Visit Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. online at


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