Foreclosure aid available until Sept. 16
As of August 8, $3,876,482 in funding has been committed to Southwestern Pennsylvania through the Emergency Homeowner Loan Program.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the availability of $105 million in foreclosure aid for Pennsylvania through the Emergency Homeowner Loan Program. Since this announcement, United Way and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) have been spreading the word about this funding in an effort to bring more funding dollars to Southwestern Pennsylvania homeowners before the funds expire. Originally slated for September 30, PHFA announced all applications must be submitted by September 16.
As part of this effort, a partnership of United Ways launched PA 2-1-1 Southwest, a free helpline that connects people with community services. The PA 2-1-1 Southwest service area includes Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, Washington and Westmoreland counties. People without access to 2-1-1 should call 1-800-552-4171.
Applications for EHLP loans are still being accepted and funding is still available. As of August 4, 2011, $41,791,382 has been committed to homeowners across Pennsylvania. Homeowners in need of assistance can call 2-1-1 for more information.