Salvation Army Providing Mortgage Assistance

Jun 9, 2020

Akron, OH, June 9, 2020 –– As Ohio slowly reopens its economy, many individuals are still in semi-isolation and out of work for the foreseeable future, with low-income wage earners the hardest hit.  The Salvation Army in Summit County is releasing $50,000 in restricted funding to help families avoid mortgage foreclosure.

“I cannot imagine a more needed reason to tap into select restricted Army funds,” says Major Steven Stoops, Area Coordinator and Corps Officer.  “Families in our community are behind in their mortgages and we want to help them keep a roof over their heads.”

Mortgage assistance due to Covid-19 impact will be available to Summit County residents who can meet the following criteria:

  Must be behind in mortgage payments and/or facing foreclosure with proof

  Employed for all of 2019

  Temporarily laid off or permanently laid off due to Covid-19 impact

  Resident of Summit County

“One-time payments directly to the lender will be provided,” said Rebecca Baker, LSW, Director of Social Service Ministries for The Salvation Army in Summit County, “but we anticipate high demand, and since the funding is very limited, it will go fast.”  

“Even with temporary forbearance from the lender, homeowners will still be responsible for making their mortgage payments eventually.  This delay will have a hard impact on families when the grace period is over,” said Major Stoops.  “We hope this financial assistance will help ease that crush.” 

To make an appointment to discuss eligibility, call 330-762-8481.  Appointments will be made Monday through Thursday from 9:00AM to 3:00PM. 

The Salvation Army continues to provide hope to the citizens of Summit County with to-go daily hot meals, drive-up, walk-up and bus-in groceries, hot showers/hygiene kits and utility assistance as well as daycare and spiritual counselling. 

Donations are needed to help cover the demand for service during the extended COVID-19 era.  To make a donation to assist The Salvation Army of Summit County serve families during this unprecedented time, call 330-958-3751 

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In 2020, The Salvation Army celebrates 136 years in Akron serving the needs of Summit County.  Its goals are to interrupt and break the cycle of poverty in our community, enabling economic self-sufficiency and active contribution to the social, economic and spiritual well-being of the community; to serve as a unifying force that is welcomed by, respected by, and able to bring together all elements of our community from those in a position to give to those in a place of need, and to instill hope in all whom we touch, clients or donors.  People who come to us for assistance are served according to their need and our capacity to help regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.  To donate, or to receive more information about the Salvation Army, please view www.salvationarmyakron.org or call 330-762-8481.

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood


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