Struggling Homeowners Have Only Three Days Remaining to Apply for $50,000 in Forgivable Mortgage Assistance

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HomeOwnership.org Urges Eligible Homeowners to Act Fast to Beat July 22 Deadline

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It is imperative that distressed homeowners complete the pre-screening process as soon as possible to determine if they’re eligible to receive $50,000 in forgivable mortgage assistance.

HomeOwnership.org is urging eligible homeowners to apply today for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program (EHLP). Rather than faxing or mailing in an application, troubled homeowners can easily apply for $50,000 in forgivable mortgage assistance by visiting the website – http://www.HomeOwnership.org – or by calling 888-995-EHLP to see if they qualify for this new federal program. In order to ensure that program funds are made available in a fair and impartial manner, homeowners interested in applying must first complete a Pre-Applicant Screening Worksheet. The deadline for applications is July 22, 2011. HomeOwnership.org will accept applications until midnight Pacific Daylight Time.

“Time is running out for troubled homeowners to apply for this program,” said Aaron Horvath, President of HomeOwnership.org. “The program is estimated to assist 30,000 homeowners in select states. It is imperative that distressed homeowners complete the pre-screening process as soon as possible to determine if they’re eligible to receive $50,000 in forgivable mortgage assistance,” said Horvath.

Under EHLP, borrowers in Puerto Rico and the 27 states otherwise not funded by the U.S. Treasury's Innovation Fund for Hardest Hit Housing Markets program are eligible for assistance. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act provided $1 billion to HUD to implement EHLP. States and jurisdictions that will be directly assisted under the EHLP include:

Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

The EHLP is designed to provide mortgage payment relief to eligible homeowners experiencing a drop in income of at least 15% directly resulting from involuntary unemployment or underemployment due to adverse economic conditions and/or a medical condition.

Approved borrowers will receive assistance under the EHLP to pay for the following expenses, and under the following terms and conditions of the loan program:

  •     Arrearages: EHLP loan assistance will help bring homeowners current by paying 100% of eligible arrearages.
  •     Monthly Mortgage Payments and Borrower Contributions: Under EHLP, the assisted homeowner's contribution to the monthly payment on their first mortgage will be set at 31 percent of their monthly income at the time of application, but in no instance will it be less than $150 per month. EHLP funds will be used to pay for the remaining balance.
  •     Duration of Assistance/Maximum Assistance Amount: Approved homeowners may receive EHLP assistance with monthly mortgage payments for a maximum duration of 24 months, or up to a maximum loan amount of $50,000 in total assistance, whichever occurs first.
  •     Loan Repayment Terms: No payment is due on the EHLP Note during the 5-year term so long as the assisted borrower remains current in their monthly mortgage payments, and meets other program requirements. If the homeowner meets these conditions, the principal balance due on their EHLP loan shall decline in equal portions of twenty percent (20%) annually, until the note is extinguished and the junior lien is terminated.

Troubled homeowners are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to beat the July 22 deadline. HomeOwnership.org assists clients nationwide needing foreclosure prevention assistance and other housing counseling.

“HomeOwnership.org is an industry leader and trusted resource for homeowners seeking a workable solution to their housing needs,” said Horvath. “We’re here to help.”

About HomeOwnership.org
HomeOwnership.org is a division of SPRINGBOARD® Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit personal financial education and counseling organization founded in 1974. Springboard is a HUD-approved housing counseling agency and a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, a national organization of nonprofit credit counseling agencies, and a member of the Association of Independent Credit Counseling Agencies. The agency offers personal financial education and assistance with credit counseling, housing counseling, debt and money management through educational programs and confidential counseling. Springboard is accredited by the Council on Accreditation, signifying the highest standards for agency governance, fiscal integrity, counselor certification and service delivery policies. The agency provides pre-bankruptcy counseling and debtor education as mandated by the bankruptcy reform law. The agency offers nationwide phone counseling services and has locations in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas for in-person counseling sessions. Not all types of counseling are available in-person at all locations, please call for details. For more information on Springboard, call 800-449-9818 or visit their web site at http://www.homeownership.org.

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