Heuer: More assistance for “Hardest Hit” Hoosiers (4/17/2013)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 7:00 pm

  
Start Date:  4/17/2013  All Day  

STATEHOUSE – Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann held a press conference today with State Representative Kathy Heuer (R-Columbia City) regarding the expansion of Indiana’s Hardest Hit Fund. The U.S. Department of the Treasury identified Indiana as one of 18 states plus the District of Columbia, that had been most affected by the downturn of the economy. Indiana was awarded more than $221 million to help struggling Hoosier families pay their mortgages through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA).

“I’m grateful for the opportunity that will be afforded to thousands of Hoosiers by expanding the Hardest Hit Fund, and I applaud Lieutenant Governor Ellspermann for championing this program for the betterment of Hoosiers living in our community,” said Rep. Heuer. “For many people, the Hardest Hit Fund provides the only means to save their homes and credit history.”

The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently approved Indiana’s Hardest Hit Fund changes, which has broadened borrower eligibility to include:

1. An increase in the maximum amount of assistance per household from $18,000 to $30,000 for all types of assistance except Transition Assistance.
2. An increase in the maximum duration of assistance from eighteen months to twenty-four months.
3. An expansion of the qualification requirements if there have been the following hardships: involuntary and substantial reduction in employment income; a substantial reduction in household income due to the death of a household member; significant expenses related to non-elective medical procedures or emergencies; or military service.
4. Available transition assistance for eligible homeowners with unaffordable mortgage payments who obtain a short sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure from their lender or servicer and leave their home in a saleable condition.
5. An extension of the timeline for applicants seeking unemployment benefits through the Unemployment Bridge Program on or after January 1, 2009.
6. A financial literacy education course for monthly assistance recipients and that they engage in approved training, education or structured volunteer work.

With these program updates, the IHCDA estimates that approximately 10,000 Indiana households will receive assistance over the life of Indiana’s Hardest Hit program.

“There is nothing more devastating to a family than knowing they cannot provide for their children,” said Rep. Heuer. “It is my hope that through this program we will be able to provide families facing unemployment, underemployment or significant expenses a way to continue to meet their mortgage obligations.”

The IHCDA worked with the Lieutenant Governor, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and the Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network partners to develop a comprehensive strategy to provide Hardest Hit Fund assistance to low-to-moderate-income homeowners whose primary residence is located within any of the 92 counties in Indiana.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mortgage payments and are at-risk of foreclosure, please visit www.877GetHope.org or call 1-877-GET-HOPE – that’s 1-877-438-4673.

 

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