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Avoiding Foreclosure ProgramAvoiding Foreclosure: Resources for Bucks County Residents

The Bucks County CARES Foreclosure Assistance and Foreclosure Counseling Program is designed to provide financial assistance, and foreclosure counseling services to individuals and families who are delinquent in their mortgage payments and who have experienced job loss or reduced income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  For further information on this program contact the Credit Counseling Center for an appointment at 215-348-8003, email at info@creditcounselingcenter.org, or visit the website at https://www.creditcounselingcenter.org/.

Avoiding Eviction: Resources for Bucks County Residents & Landlords

The CARES Act provides additional eviction protections for tenants living in properties that have federal subsidies, FHA-insurance, or low-income housing tax credit properties.  Further information on this can be found through Regional Housing Legal Services:  https://www.rhls.org/coronavirus-federal-protections-for-renters/

Rental Assistance is Available to Qualified Tenants
All tenants may not be evicted without first receiving notice to appear at court and an order of possession.

Housing Link Eviction AssistanceSteps to Take if you are having difficulty paying rent:

https://www.buckscounty.org/AvoidingEvictions

Every effort should be made to pay your rent when it is due.  If rent payment is a concern, due to loss or reduction of income caused by the effects of the Coronavirus, please take the following steps: 

  • Contact your landlord to discuss your situation and payment options.  Repayment options can include rent deferral, rent reduction, or even rent forgiveness.  Any agreement between you and your landlord should be put in writing
  • Explore other sources and supports to assist you in keeping your rent up to date including family,
    friends, etc. 
  • If you are having trouble paying your rent, call Housing Link (1‐800‐810‐4434) as soon as possible to be connected to a Housing Coach that can determine eligibility for rental assistance.
  • Due to high call volume, you might need to hold or leave a voicemail. If you can’t hold, leave a message stating you are seeking rental assistance and a good contact number and an operator will reach out as soon as possible.
  • Landlords - Please encourage tenants who are behind on rent to contact Housing Link as soon as possible. Payments are made directly to landlords.

The CDC has ordered  a temporary halt to evictions (for non‐payment of rent only) until December 31st, 2020 if you meet certain criteria and Declare it to your landlord:

  1. You’ve made best efforts to obtain government assistance for rent (e.g. calling Housing Link)
  2. You meet certain income requirements and can’t pay your rent due to loss of income
  3. You have made best efforts to make timely rental payments (either full or partial)

If you think you meet the criteria above, complete the Declaration & provide it to your landlord immediately. If you already have an eviction hearing scheduled, be sure to attend and bring the Declaration.

 
Contact Housing Link For Assistance Today - Bucks County Housing Link: 1-800-810-4434

Additional Resources around your rights as a tenant/consumer:
Legal Aid of Southeastern PA: 877-429-5994,
www.lasp.org
Bucks County Consumer Protection: 215-348-6060, consumerprotection@buckscounty.org
Housing Equality Center of PA: 267-419-8918,
www.equalhousing.org

Please visit the Bucks County COVID-19 Information and Resources Portal for more information.


Applications

2020 ESG Overviews and Application

2020 Housing HOME and HTF Instructions and Applications

Please refer to the Community Services, Department of Community and Economic Development page for the 2020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application.

Housing Programs

The Department administers federal, state, and county community support and housing funding programs. Services are dispensed without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, color, gender, physical capability, or age. The principal ones include Housing Trust Fund Program, Housing Rehabilitation Program, and Brownfields for Housing Program.

HOME PROGRAM 
The HOME program seeks to expand the availability of affordable housing for low income residents through partnerships between the public and private sectors. Eligible program activities include the acquisition, demolition, rehabilitation, or new construction of affordable units to the target groups. In addition the program also seeks to provide homeownership and tenant-based rental assistance, along with reimbursement for relocation costs. There is no specific timeframe for submitting applications. However, the processing and approval of any application is subject to the availability of funding.

HOUSING TRUST FUND PROGRAM 
The Bucks County Housing Trust Fund supports two initiatives: development of housing units and a first-time homebuyer assistance program. The unit development initiative seeks to increase the supply of affordable housing (rental or ownership) for lower income groups. There is no specific timeframe for submitting applications. However, the processing and approval of any application is subject to the availability of funding. The first-time homebuyer assistance program assists households earning less than 80 percent of county median household income with down payment or mortgage closing assistance (up to $10,000), which is repaid when the property is sold, refinanced, or the title is transferred. The program requires mandatory counseling to educate interested applicants on the various facets of home ownership (e.g., mortgage terms and conditions, debt management, and household budgeting). Applications can be submitted at any time after applicants have received the mandatory counseling.

HOUSING REHABILITATION PROGRAM 
The Bucks County Housing Rehabilitation Program provides assistance to lower income homeowners for the repair and rehabilitation of their homes. The program provides a loan of up to $15,000. If lead paint removal is involved, assistance may increase to $30,000. Eligibility for participation in the program involves a minimum of one-year ownership/residency, meeting of family income criteria, and maximum assets of $10,000 ($20,000 for disabled or elderly). Eligible activities for assistance include weatherization, improvements to bring property to code and/or make it handicap accessible.

BROWNFIELDS FOR HOUSING PROGRAM 
The Brownfields for Housing Program supports the development of housing on formerly developed sites located in core communities, such as boroughs and rural villages within townships. The program requires s funding match of at least $1 for each $4 in program funds. Funding is established by the Commonwealth on an annual basis. The principal program objectives include the revitalization of older areas, the redevelopment of previously developed properties, and the creation of affordable housing. Eligible activities include the preservation of historic buildings, housing rehabilitation, demolition of structures, environmental remediation, and improving handicap access. 

CONTINUUM of CARE HOMELESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
HUD makes available competitive grants to provide housing and support services to homeless individuals and families. The principal program objectives are to help homeless persons access decent and affordable housing and increase self-determination and self-sufficiency (based on greater job skills and income). The program has three components: Supportive Housing (funding for housing and related support services), Shelter Plus Care (rental assistance for persons with disabilities), and Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy Program (rental payments and rehabilitation of housing for homeless persons). Applications are available in the early Spring are due in the late Summer.


Housing Services Department
Jeffrey Fields, Director
Neshaminy Manor Center 
1260 Almshouse Road 
Doylestown, PA 18901 
Phone: 215-345-3845
Fax: 215-345-3865