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HUD No. 11-147
Douglas Robinson
NeighborWorks America
(202) 220-2360
drobinson@nw.org

 

FOR RELEASE
Wednesday
July 13, 2011

EMERGENCY HOMEOWNERS’ LOAN PROGRAM PRE-APPLICATION DEADLINE APPROACHING
Applications for the $1 Billion Program Designed to Help Unemployed and Underemployed Homeowners at Risk of Foreclosure due by July 22, 2011

[Washington D.C.] [July 12, 2011] –The deadline for homeowners to qualify for the Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program (EHLP) is rapidly approaching with all Pre-Applicant Screening Worksheets due by Friday, July 22, 2011.

The EHLP, launched by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in conjunction with NeighborWorks® America in June, is designed to help homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure in 27 states across the country and Puerto Rico. The program assists homeowners who have experienced a reduction in income and are at risk of foreclosure due to involuntary unemployment or underemployment, due to economic conditions or a medical condition.Under EHLP guidelines eligible homeowners can qualify for an interest free loan which pays a portion of their monthly mortgage for up to two years, or up to $50,000, whichever comes first.

“The Obama Administration and HUD are committed to providing homeowners with a toolbox of options, such as EHLP, to help keep as many American families in their homes as possible,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “It is critical that homeowners get pre-screened to qualify for this program by July 22nd so that they are able to take advantage of EHLP before it’s too late.”

The EHLP funds will pay a portion of an approved applicant’s monthly mortgage including missed mortgage payments or past due charges including principal, interest, taxes and insurance. EHLP is expected to aid up to 30,000 distressed borrowers, with an average loan of approximately $35,000.

“With July 22nd right around the corner, we want as many people as possible to apply for this program and potentially help save their homes.  For that reason it is imperative that homeowners submit their application by July 22nd in order to find out if they qualify,” stated Eileen M. Fitzgerald, CEO of NeighborWorks® America.

The EHLP funds will be offered in the following states: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming and Puerto Rico. 

Only participating EHLP agencies found on www.FindEHLP.org are approved to accept  Pre-Applicant Screening Worksheets. Homeowners should beware of scams. It is free to submit a worksheet or get assistance with completing the worksheet. Any company asking for money to assist homeowners with the EHLP application process is a scam. Contact information for participating agencies, the Pre-Applicant Screening Worksheet and more information on the EHLP assistance and its eligibility requirements can be found at www.FindEHLP.org or by calling toll free at 855-FIND-EHLP (346-3345).

Five states operating substantially similar programs are administering EHLP directly: Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.  For information about how to apply for EHLP assistance in these substantially similar states, please click the links below.

Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Maryland, Pennsylvania

About the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.

About NeighborWorks® America

NeighborWorks® America creates opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. Since 1991, we have assisted nearly 1.2 million low- to moderate-income families with their housing needs. Much of our success is achieved through our support of the NeighborWorks network ― more than 235 community development organizations working in more than 4,400 urban, suburban and rural communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $15 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.

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HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.

This release is also available in  Spanish