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Agency Expands Foreclosure Prevention Services
The Oregon Department of Housing and Community Services has launched a new foreclosure resources website, www.OregonHomeownerSupport.gov. The new website is designed to help distressed homeowners by providing information about existing programs and increasing access to certified foreclosure counselors. Additionally, OHCS has contracted an additional 26 foreclosure counselors at local nonprofit agencies across the state.
The goal of these services is to help homeowners make decisions about whether they can, or should, stay in their home. The website will also connect homeowners to related programs they may be unaware of that offer assistance. Foreclosure counseling is free and confidential.
"With foreclosures affecting communities across the state, and a series of new housing programs, there is a need for consistent, easy-to-understand information. We hope that homeowners will take advantage of the information on this new website and the increased availability of foreclosure counselors. Both resources will make it easier for homeowners to get the help they need" says Margaret Van Vliet, Director of Oregon Housing and Community Services.
The website and expansion of housing counseling services were funded in May by the Oregon Legislature which appropriated nearly $4 million of Oregon's share of the National Mortgage Settlement with five of the nation's largest loan servicers.
Any homeowner who is struggling, is behind on payments, or has gone into default, should visit OregonHomeownerSupport.gov and use the "Find a Counselor" search feature to locate a local housing counselor. They can also dial 211 from any phone in the state for assistance in finding a counselor.