LANCING, Michigan. Helping Ingham County homeowners in need is on the way with a new program designed to keep them in their homes.
This is called the Ingham County Mortgage and Community Emergency Assistance Program.
Officials say $ 1 million has been allocated to help homeowners affected by the pandemic.
“There are homeowners in Ingham County who may have lost their jobs, reduced their hours of work, or may have contracted COVID themselves or someone else in their family. So these difficulties make the monthly payments more and more difficult to pay, ”said Rowley Van Vossen, CEO of Capital Area Housing Partnership.
Under the grant program, mortgage and utility payments are paid for up to 12 months.
Van Vossen says the grant money is coming in at just the right time.
“Some moratoriums are coming to an end. The CDC eviction moratorium expires at the end of July. Many abstinence plans are reaching their heights for mortgage holders, ”he said.
Van Vossen says about two million people nationwide are delaying mortgage payments.
There are income requirements to participate in the program, but he says many people will be eligible.
It is clear that the community needs grant funding because requests for help are already coming in.
“We are processing applications for the first time this week. Today we are making our first payments. For approved homeowners in Ingham County for assistance. And funding will be on a first come, first served basis until the funds are used, ”Van Vossen said.
Anyone who wants to apply for the Mortgage and Utilities Assistance Program can go to the Capital Area Housing Partnership office on Maple and Pine Street in Lansing to get an application.
You can also download it from their website: www.capitalareahousing.org/ingham-county-mortgage-assistance
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