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July 18, 2013

Essex Co. Housing Program receives state funding

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Housing Assistance Program of Essex County Inc. recently received funding through the New York State Attorney General’s Homeownership Protection Program.

The local program will receive $42,667 per year for three years.

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has committed a substantial portion of the National Mortgage Settlement award to support housing counseling and legal services for struggling homeowners throughout the state, a press release from the Essex County program said.

Although the Housing Assistance Program has been offering default and foreclosure intervention counseling services since the 2009 economic crisis, this new funding allows for addition of a staff person solely dedicated to the program.

This has greatly increased the number of clients who can be served, something of vital importance to the residents of a routinely under-served region, according to the release.

The funding allows the agency to serve clients throughout the North Country, from Saratoga County north to St. Lawrence County.

Michelle Bashaw, a certified housing counselor, can aid at-risk homeowners by providing them with an accurate assessment of their financial and mortgage situation, helping them understand available options and assisting them in communicating with lenders and in completing applications for the Making Home Affordable Program and for individual lenders.

In 2012, the Housing Assistance Program provided housing services to more than 1,000 households and generated more than $8.2 million in estimated regional output.

For more information on the counseling service, call 873-6888 or email michelle@hapec.org.

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