The Keep Your Home California program has increased benefits and expanded eligibility in order to help more homeowners having trouble making their mortgage payments keep their homes.
The program has not only relaxed some restrictions on who qualifies but has extended the length of time currently unemployed homeowners can receive assistance on their home loans to 9 months, from 6 (the program is intended to help people stay in their homes if they are temporarily unemployed by subsidizing some or all of their monthly payment for a period of months).
Claudia Cappio, Executive director of the California Housing Finance Agency said, “this expanded eligibility will allow more families to qualify and receive greater assistance.”
Program officials have also increased the cap on the mortgage reinstatement program from $15,000 to $20,000. The reinstatement program provides a one time assistance grant for homeowners that have fallen behind their payments due to financial hardship.
According to the agency Keep Your Home California has already helped more than 7,000 homeowners statewide and has provided more than $128 million in benefits since launching in February. The funds come from $2 billion in 2008 Federal Stimulus money and the state has until 2017 to use it for this purpose or the remainder is returned.
Keep Your Home California’s website: www.keepyourhomecalifornia.org
Phone (888) 954.5337.