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Oakland County Treasurer touts foreclosure prevention program, area events …



FYI

Step Forward Michigan homeowner assistance clinics are free and open to the public and will be held at the following dates and locations:

6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at Jewish Vocational Service, located at 29699 Southfield Road in Southfield.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 at the fellowship hall at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, located at 174 Branch Street in Pontiac.

Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner is urging county residents facing foreclosure to take advantage of an assistance program which can offer as much as $30,000 in relief.

Step Forward Michigan, which is federally funded, offers aid to applicants facing a hardship that has caused their delinquency with property taxes or mortgage payments, according to a county press release.

Annette Chatman, 52, of Southfield, was able to avoid foreclosure after receiving more than $27,000 in support from Step Forward, which she learned of from the Oakland County Treasurers Office.

Chatman faced a hardship while caring for aging parents and was paying to repair severe water damage at her home, according to the release.

(Step Forward) has allowed me a second chance and I am forever grateful, she said.

Preventing foreclosures also protects neighboring homes from losing more than eight percent in property value, Meisner added.

I want every eligible Oakland County homeowner to apply immediately for the Step Forward program and get a chance to save their home.

To qualify for the program, applicants must occupy their home, have delinquent taxes due, have cash reserves less than 1.5 times the homes annual property tax bill and have an income, which can include Social Security or assistance payments.

The deadline is Dec. 31 and the county treasurers office is hosting a pair of free events next week to help homeowners apply for the program.

Residents can also receive free help applying for Step Forward by contacting the Oakland County Treasurers Office Financial Empowerment Center at 248-858-0611.

For more information about Step Forward Michigan, visit stepforwardmichigan.org or call 866-946-7432.

Article source: http://www.dailytribune.com/general-news/20151125/oakland-county-treasurer-touts-foreclosure-prevention-program-area-events-scheduled

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