BELLEVILLE, Ill. – State Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, is encouraging eligible homeowners to take advantage of a mortgage relief program that can provide residents affected by the pandemic with up to $60,000 in mortgage assistance.
“Recently, the Illinois Housing Development Authority doubled the amount of relief homeowners could receive,” Hoffman said. “This is a critically-important relief program that is helping families stay in their homes, and we want to make sure that those who need help receive it.”
The Illinois Homeowner Assistance fund can help cover the cost of past due housing payments and up to three months of prospective mortgage payments by paying directly to the servicer, taxing body or other approved entity. Qualified homeowners who are looking to regain their financial footing in the wake of the pandemic can receive up to $60,000 in assistance.
The program, which is managed by the Illinois Housing Development Authority, is free and funds do not need to be repaid. Applications, upcoming online seminars and additional information about qualifying criteria for the program can be accessed at https://illinoishousinghelp.org/ilhaf. The application deadline is Jan. 21, 2023. Those with questions can call the Illinois Housing Development Authority at 866-454-3571.
“This is needed relief helping those who were hurt financially by the pandemic by no fault of their own,” Hoffman said. “Especially as we near the coldest months of the year, please take advantage of resources that can help right now.”