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Tim Murray

Tim Murray

Lt. Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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Governor Patrick and I know there are homeowners across Massachusetts who have been impacted by the national economic downturn, resulting in missed mortgage payments and threats of foreclosure. Our administration continues to look for ways to assist families and individuals in this situation.

To this end, I launched a new public service campaign this week to inform struggling homeowners about the availability of interest free loans through the federal Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program (EHLP).  Administered by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) in conjunction with NeighborWorks America, EHLP will provide a total of $61 million in mortgage assistance to eligible Massachusetts homeowners.

With a July 22, 2011 deadline fast approaching, Tina Brooks, Undersecretary of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) joined me in a Public Service Announcement to encourage unemployed and underemployed homeowners to apply for this federal assistance.

 

Similar to other efforts led by the Patrick-Murray Administration, we recognize the value of working in a collaborative effort across state agencies and with community organizations for the benefit of the Commonwealth.  For this public service campaign, we have pulled together resources from HUD, DHCD and the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) to engage the media, elected officials, advocates, community organizations and stakeholders from across the state to help spread the word about this important program.

Our administration also plans to hold foreclosure prevention workshops in Lawrence and Fitchburg this month. The workshops will feature representatives from 10 national lenders and local housing counselors. Homeowners will be able to meet directly with a lender or housing counselor to discuss their situation and potential solutions. The workshops can cut through some of the procedural issues homeowners face and in some cases lead to workouts on the spot.

Lawrence Foreclosure Prevention Workshop

Tuesday July 19, 2011
2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (registration closes at 7:00 p.m.)
South Lawrence East School
165 Crawford Street
Lawrence

Fitchburg Foreclosure Prevention Workshop

Wednesday July 20, 2011
2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (registration closes at 7:00 p.m.)
Marriott Courtyard
150 Royal Plaza Drive
Fitchburg

The deadline to apply for EHLP is July 22, 2011.  EHLP counseling agencies will evaluate applications to make a pre-determination of household eligibility. Selected homeowners will then be asked to meet with an EHLP counselor to submit required documentation.

To find out more and complete the pre-applicant screening documents, visit http://www.nw.org/ehlp or call 855-346-3345.

 

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