Friday, September 28, 2012

H.I.T. Foundation offering foreclosure prevention services

Homeowners in Darke County facing unemployment or struggling to make monthly mortgage payments due to decreased income can take advantage of free counseling and services offered by the H.I.T. Foundation in Eaton. In the past two years, the agency has assisted in distributing more than $400,000 in direct funding to area homeowners, as well as provided foreclosure information and counseling.

The foreclosure prevention program is designed to help homeowners who are unable to keep up with monthly mortgage payments and/or are in the foreclosure process. The program targets homeowners facing job loss, medical issues or other hardship.

Whether a homeowner is simply struggling to make mortgage payments or is already in the foreclosure process, the H.I.T. Foundation may be able to help. Homeowners are encouraged to contact the agency, even if they are current on their mortgage, if they are experiencing “financial hardship” and they foresee difficulty making payments in the future.

The H.I.T. Foundation will work with homeowners to determine eligibility for current programs, submitting applications for those programs, and assist in working with lenders to find viable solutions.

“Home Is The Foundation” is a private, non-profit organization focused on providing for housing needs in Preble County and surrounding areas. The foreclosure prevention program is made available to homeowners in Preble, Darke and Montgomery counties.

The H.I.T. Foundation is a sub-grantee of the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. The organization also receives referrals from the state’s Save the Dream program.

The goal of the organization is to provide personal, professional services at no cost to homeowners. Now, more than ever, it is important homeowners facing financial hardship are aware of their options and have up-to-date information on programs available. In addition, the H.I.T. Foundation provides information on the foreclosure process, allowing homeowners to make well-informed decisions.

The H.I.T. Foundation offers a toll-free contact number, (866) 230-6240, for area residents to leave their information and receive a return call from staff. The number can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Darke County residents can also schedule appointments in Greenville.

For additional information, use the toll-free number or contact Deron Newman, Program Coordinator, (937) 472-0500, ext. 402. Homeowners may also inquire by email at

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