For Immediate Release
May 27, 2014
CONCORD – In order to help better counsel New Hampshire homeowners at risk of foreclosure, Governor Maggie Hassan announced today that the statewide foreclosure initiative, HomeHelpNH, recently launched an enhanced version of its website, www.HomeHelpNH.org.
“As our economy continues to strengthen and the housing market steadily improves, we must remember that some of our neighbors are still feeling the impact of the recent recession,” Governor Hassan said. “In its first year, HomeHelpNH assisted hundreds of middle class families, and this enhanced website will help this innovative public-private initiative continue to strengthen our housing market, communities and economy by providing our citizens with the tools and resources that they need.”
In addition to a new, sleeker look and easier navigation, www.HomeHelpNH.org now provides an online intake form so that homeowners can be more easily referred to a housing counselor or, for those who qualify, to free or low-cost legal services in their area. At-risk homeowners can still dial 2-1-1 toll-free from anywhere in the state to receive assistance, and the site’s new design is now mobile- and tablet-compatible, making it easier to access for people who rely on their mobile devices for internet access.
In the initiative’s first year, HomeHelpNH counselors assisted more than 800 households and provided approximately 5,600 hours of free guidance on mortgage modifications, mortgage document review, credit and budgeting analysis, rental help and legal service referrals for at-risk households. HomeHelpNH helps at-risk homeowners bring their mortgages current, modify their mortgages or sell their properties at short sales, working with homeowners to make an honest and informed evaluation of their current housing and finances in order to help them keep their homes or plan a move to more financially secure housing when necessary.
Sponsored by the New Hampshire Department of Justice, the New Hampshire Banking Department and New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority and funded with $3.5 million from the National Mortgage Servicing Settlement, HomeHelpNH is a three-year, statewide foreclosure counseling initiative that is part of a larger effort, which includes funding for legal services through the New Hampshire Foreclosure Relief Project. The initiative’s goal is to help at-risk homeowners find solutions through free, comprehensive pre- and post-foreclosure counseling. Homeowners seeking more information should dial 2-1-1 or go to www.HomeHelpNH.org.
For more information on the HomeHelpNH initiative, please contact Jane Law, Director of Communications, New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority, (603) 310-9255.