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Posted on: August 10, 2020


Federally backed mortgage information for homeowners

For Monroe County residents experiencing mortgage payment difficulties due to financial hardship related to COVID-19, there are valuable options to help defer and reduce payments. This link provides helpful information about various options available to mortgagees, such as forbearance, payment deferrals at the end of a forbearance period, and loan modifications (in English and Spanish):

If your mortgage is covered by the CARES Act, meaning it is backed by the federal government (many mortgages qualify), limited documentation is needed to show that financial circumstances were/are impacted by COVID-19. Under the CARES Act, federally backed mortgagees may extend forbearance plans for up to 12 months. Right now, there is still a federal moratorium on evictions and foreclosures of single-family properties with federally backed mortgages through Aug. 31, 2020.

To determine if your mortgage qualifies for assistance under the CARES Act, visit In addition, many local banks/credit unions who may be holding mortgages (not federally backed) may have programs in place to forebear or defer payments. Monroe County also has a local rental and mortgage relief funding program for those who are behind in payments at

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