New State Website Offers Help for Homeowners

By Tim Doran / The Bulletin
Published: September 20. 2012 4:00AM PST

Homeowners dealing with foreclosure can find information and help from a new state website, oregonhomeownersupport.gov, the state announced Wednesday.

Funded by money Oregon received in a settlement with the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers, Oregon Homeowner Support serves as a hub, providing a variety of foreclosure information at one site, said Benjamin Pray, communications manager for Oregon Housing and Community Services.

“Everything out there is confusing,” Pray said. “People need help. They need to know where to go.” At the Oregon Homeowner Support website, he said, “It’s all-encompassing.”

By visiting the site, homeowners can read legal information about foreclosure, learn how the process works, learn about mediation programs and find foreclosure-prevention counseling near their homes. When they enter their ZIP codes and hit search, the site returns a map and list of agencies and their phone numbers.

HomeSource of NeighborImpact, a Bend-based agency, will be providing the counseling services in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties, according to a news release.

“We are excited to be a part of this new initiative, and to be able to offer assistance to our neighbors,” Selef Spragg, manager of HomeSource of NeighborImpact, said in the news release.

Those who have already lost their homes to foreclosure also can find out at the new website if they qualify for a claim or to have their case reviewed.

Oregon Homeowner Support also links to the Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative, a state-operated website established for specific programs financed by $220 million Oregon received from the U.S. Treasury Department in 2010.

The money, funding from the Troubled Asset Relief Program, was awarded to Oregon and other states hardest hit by the economic crisis. It pays for the Mortgage Payment Assistance Program, the Loan Refinancing Assistance Pilot Project in Deschutes and Jackson counties and the Loan Preservation Assistance program.

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