Phone-a-thon to help those fighting foreclosure

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Home Ownership Center of Greater Cincinnati is offering local homeowners a unique opportunity to access over $600 million of Restoring Stability funds through the BuzzUs Phone-a-thon event.

The kickoff is Monday, June 10 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Home Ownership Center. The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) administers the "Restoring Stability" funds statewide to help homeowners struggling with their mortgage payments.

"BuzzUS provides a fast and easy way for struggling families to begin the process to access resources through the privacy and convenience of their phone." said Rick Williams, President and CEO of The Home Ownership Center of Greater Cincinnati.

Restoring Stability is a Save the Dream Ohio Initiative that aims to help Ohio families who are struggling with their mortgage due to hardships related to loss or reduction in income, medical expenses, death, or divorce.  Homeowners can access up to $35,000 to support their mortgage payments.

"Homeowners who were not eligible in the past are encouraged to call because your eligibility may have changed.  In addition, homeowners are eligible for more dollars than before," say sStephanie Casey Pierce, Housing Counseling Support Manager with the Ohio Housing Finance Agency.

Homeowners in the region can call 877-7BUZZUS (877-728-9987) to begin the process of protecting their homeownership by accessing the Restoring Stability Program resources.  Callers will be asked some basic questions over the phone and then scheduled to meet with homeownership counselors to apply for these funds or to work toward other alternatives.

Homeowners can begin submitting applications online or over the phone through and 1-888-404-4674. For faster service, we encourage homeowners to visit the website to begin the application process.  Or homeowners can schedule an appointment for application assistance at the Home Ownership Center.  Homeowners should call 961-2800 to make an appointment.

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