Mortgage Assistance Program Now Open to Unemployed Oregonians

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Residents of Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson County can now apply for the Mortgage Payment Assistance Unemployment Program. The program is administered by Oregon Housing and Community Services and can provide up to one year in mortgage payment assistance or $20,000, whichever comes first to approved homeowners.

The program is available to homeowners that are receiving Unemployment Insurance to help them avoid foreclosure while they seek work. OHCS expects to serve approximately 3,000 homeowners with the program.

Homeowners can start the process with the program’s online application at www.oregonhomeownerhelp.org. Local agencies, such as NeighborImpact, will process applications and support participants throughout the program.

“We are very happy to be a part of helping our unemployed neighbors,” said Selef Spragg, Housing Center Manager at NeighborImpact. “Mortgage payment assistance will allow people to focus on getting a job without the added anxiety of making a monthly mortgage payment.”

Homeowners can apply for the program online, during two-week application cycles. The program website provides helpful information about application cycles, including a how-to video that answers the most common questions about the program.

A first round of the state’s mortgage assistance program has provided more than $40 million in benefits on behalf of more than 4,000 Oregon homeowners.

Homeowners without internet access can visit their local WorkSource Oregon Center for computer and printer use. Prospective applicants can also call OHCS at 503.986.2025 for application support.

About NeighborImpact: Since 1985, NeighborImpact has been a leader in developing solutions and bringing resources to Crook, Jefferson and Deschutes County. It offers a diversity of services meeting basic human needs for food and shelter, while enriching people’s lives by providing access to increased education, skills, and hope for the future. NeighborImpact is a private nonprofit organization that receives federal, state and local funding; foundation grants; and donations from individuals and businesses in our community. To learn more about NeighborImpact please visit www.neighborimpact.org.

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