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Assistance from Rhode Island Housing HelpCenter.

When facing foreclosure, or struggling to pay a mortgage, the Rhode Island Housing HelpCenter may be an option. Thousands of homeowners get assistance from the center every year. Families or individuals struggle for various reasons. Everyone has a different story. Some people were victims of scams that companies had offered them to save their homes, others fell victim to predatory lending or they lost their job (or had a reduction in hours). Regardless, the HelpCenter tries to provide support.

To try to meet the need of these individuals and families, Rhode Island Housing has continued to work closely with its partners and other local agencies to bring free foreclosure workshops to communities. They also help with legal needs, mortgage refinancing, and even moving cost help, and services are offered throughout the state as part of the HelpCenter’s services.

In addition, Rhode Island Housing’s trusted and trained housing and mortgage counselors are on hand to provide services. There is free advice, resources, education, and referrals. All services are free of charge and they will help assist homeowners in understanding the many options now available to those in need of housing help. For example, many banks and lenders, such as Citi and Wachovia, offer assistance programs. Click here to learn more on mortgage help from Citibank.

Services offered by the Rhode Island Housing HelpCenter

One of the keys is communication and early action. By people communicating at the first sign of trouble, the help center can offer them more options to stop the foreclosure filing. They have been successful. To date, the efforts of the group have not only kept many homeowners seeking assistance in their homes, they have also prevented countless others from falling prey to those who are offering false promises and steep fees for foreclosure assistance and counseling. A wide variety of situations, as well as assistance programs, are available at the Rhode Island Housing HelpCenter.

The efforts of the organization continue to help homeowners in trouble arm themselves with both the information and the tools they need to protect themselves. Clients can get financial help, or learn how to protect themselves against fraud, prevent a foreclosure, avoid housing trouble, or find a safe solution to their situation that best meets their needs.

 

 

 

The HelpCenter, which can be reached at 401-457-1130, provides a honest, safe place for tips, advice, counseling and education when it comes to protecting both homeowners and tenants who may reside in the property from foreclosure. They can also help people cope with the loss of a home.

In addition to implementing educational and awareness campaigns to caution Rhode Islanders to seek out help early when they are struggling, Rhode Island Housing also implemented a communications campaign to alert homeowners of the risks associated with fraudulent mortgage loan modifications and foreclosure rescue scams that are sadly becoming more common.

Contact for HelpCenter

As noted, the services are free as well as available statewide. For more details, or to apply, call 401-457-1130.

 

By Jon McNamara

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