Get help if you lose your home and struggle financially

COVID-19 has taken a toll on many of us in a variety of ways, but one of the most heart-breaking situations we see as a bank is when people are displaced from the place they call home and are struggling financially through the pandemic.  

If you’re in this situation it’s important to know that there is help out there.  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has compiled a list of great resources, and you can find it easily by visiting this link:

https://www.consumerfinance.gov/coronavirus/mortgage-and-housing-assistance/lost-housing/

In the link above you’ll learn about how to:

  • Get the free help you’re entitled to. There may be help with housing or other services through local programs, and on this site you can learn how to apply.
  • Find safe temporary housing – the link shares tips on finding safe temporary housing as you recover and rebuild, including a shelter finder or warming center.
  • Stay on top of bills - Taking charge of bills and other paperwork can help you make a smooth transition to a new home; this link will walk you through how to keep your facts and papers safe, set up a forwarding address, and other great tips.
  • Keep an eye on your credit - Losing a home or having errors on a person’s credit and payment history can make it harder to find new housing. You’ll learn how to check your credit report, apply for rental assistance and ensure your records and tenant screening reports are up to date.
     

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