In June of 2012, a program was launched by Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman in an effort to help struggling homeowners in New York keep their homes.  The Homeowner Protection Program, as it is known, was created with the intention of providing $20 million every year for three years to fund housing counseling and legal services for homeowners in need.

Yesterday, on October 23rd, the attorney general announced that the second round of funding would be distributed to thirty-four legal services organizations and fifty-four housing counseling agencies.  The purpose is so that these organizations can provide free services to homeowners at risk of losing their homes.  Of the eighty-eight organizations to receive funding, thirty-four are located within New York City, while the rest are located within other parts of New York State.  These thirty-four organizations will be sharing $6.9 million in funding.

If you are at risk of losing your home, you can call (855) HOME-456, or (855) 466-3456, and ask for a “foreclosure prevention specialist.”  From there, you will be transferred to someone who can help you get back on track.

Additionally, the following organizations are among those in New York City participating in the program, so you can contact them directly:

Housing Counseling:

Neighborhood Housing Services of Staten Island Inc.

770 Castleton Avenue

(718) 442-8080

Northfield Community Local Development Corporation of Staten Island

160 Heberton Avenue

(718) 442-7351, ext. 227

Legal Services:

Staten Island Legal Services

36 Richmond Terrace, Suite 205

(718) 233-6480

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