Friday, September 14, 2012
Loan Preservation Assistance is the newest program offered by the Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative designed to help Oregon homeowners that have recovered from a financial hardship but have past-due payments threatening foreclosure. The Loan Preservation Assistance program will preserve their existing mortgage by paying off past due payments and fees in order to bring their mortgage current. By doing so, homeowners are more likely to avoid foreclosure.
For qualified applicants, the Loan Preservation Assistance program will make a one-time payment for the total amount of past due payments and fees up to $20,000, the maximum dollar limit, which will be sent directly to their mortgage lender or servicer to bring their mortgage current.
The Loan Preservation Assistance program has new opportunities to apply every two weeks on Wednesdays at noon, please check the program page at www.oregonhomeownerhelp.org for availability schedule. The program was initially available as a pilot in select counties, but is now open to all homeowners in the state of Oregon. Community Services Consortium is the local program provider for homeowners in Linn County at our Albany office, and in Lincoln County through our Newport office.
The Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative website provides helpful information about the application process, including a how-to video that answers the most common questions about the program. To learn more watch the “How to Apply” video and take the eligibility questionnaire and to apply visit www.oregonhomeownerhelp.org.
Once launched statewide, the Loan Preservation Assistance program aims to help an estimated 2,000 Oregon homeowners avoid foreclosure. The Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative is managed by Oregon Housing and Community Services and has already provided more than $60 million in assistance to more than 4,500 Oregon homeowners.
Homeowners without internet access can visit Community Services Consortium in Albany at 250 Broadalbin Street SW, Suite 2A or in Newport at 120 NE Avery Street or call 503.986.2025 for alternative solutions.
Albany Partnership for Housing and Community Development acquired and rehabilitated two properties with the help of the Community Services Consortium.
The residences are available to Albany’s homeless who are trying to redirect their lives. Those staying at the locations will have the opportunity to learn a variety of life skills such as parenting, personal finance and budgeting.
The Albany City Council voted unanimously to exempt the two properties owned by the Albany Partnership for Housing and Community Development from paying city property taxes.
For more information click on the Albany Democrat Herald article.
So what does this mean for you? Well not very much will change. You will still have access to the wide variety of service opportunities on the HandsOn website. You will still be able to track your volunteer hours in your HandsOn account. However, you will need to update your bookmarks! HandsOn’s web address has changed to www.HandsOnW.org. You now will also see opportunities across Linn, Benton, Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties. All of your volunteer opportunities, connections and service records are saved there. You just need to reset your password to access your volunteer account. Enter your username in the Login box in the top right corner and click “Forgot Password.” A temporary password will be emailed to you. If you happen to have a HandsOn account with HandsOn Linn Benton and HandsOn Mid-Willamette Valley, let us know! We can merge the two together to make it easier for you to be a volunteer superhero spanning the valley.
Thank you for your support of HandsOn Linn Benton over the years. We are so excited to see what the coming years will bring as HandsOn Willamette. If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to drop us a line. We are here for YOU, the volunteer!
Want to know more? Check out this article in the Statesman Journal.
Social Security is committed to reducing improper payments. Our goal has always been to pay the right person the right amount at the right time. And we’re highly successful at doing that.
In paying retirement, survivors, and disability benefits to more than 55 million people each month, our accuracy rate is over 99 percent. When it comes to Supplemental Security Income – the means-tested program for elderly, disabled and blind people who have limited income and resources – our payment accuracy is about 91 percent.
As with a good game of football, we need a game plan to improve payment accuracy. Here is ours.
On offense, we check and recheck our benefit computations and recipient information. That’s done at kickoff, before we ever make a payment.
On defense, we have game plans, or strategies, to collect funds back from the person we improperly paid, especially if the error was the result of a beneficiary failing or incorrectly reporting an event that affects his or her payment amount. When an individual commits fraud in order to receive payments not due, we prosecute him or her to the fullest extent of the law.
We will continue to work on offense and defense in our efforts to perfect our game plan and to make each and every payment a touchdown. Learn more about what Social Security is doing to prevent improper payments by visiting our website on the subject at www.socialsecurity.gov/improperpayments.
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