Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Laid off workers get help with mortgage payments

PINEVILLE, Ky. -- Ninety laid off coal miners in Bell and Whitley Counties are getting help with mortgage payments through a state program called the Unemployment Bridge Program, and officials say they can help many more people.

Officials say the program offered through the Kentucky Homeownership Protection Center helps people who were laid off or had work hours reduced through no fault of their own and demonstrates a need for assistance.

"We can pay their mortgage if they can bring in the paperwork. A lot of people don't know their eligible because there is not an income guideline, so if the spouse works, that doesn't make you ineligible," said Anna Brock, Housing Counselor at the Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency.

The program can help with mortgage payments for 18 months or $30,000, whichever comes first.

Officials say to sign-up to see if you qualify, all you have to do is fill out the paperwork.

To apply for the program, you can visit the Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency office in Pineville or you can call toll free (866) 830-7868.