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$200M Still Available To Struggling S.C. Homeowners

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -

A mortgage assistance program still has $200million left to help struggling homeowners in South Carolina.

The SC Help program has also undergone some changes that are extending services.

Eddie Bridges in Spartanburg, is one of the homeowners who will benefit from that.

The out of work Veteran has been getting assistance paying his mortgage for 8 months.  SC HELP aid was slated to run out for people like Bridges after only 12 months. But changes to the program have extended that to 2 years.

"I might be emotional, but I can't help it. I've not been in this position before," said Bridges.

He isn't used to getting help, but 30 years after serving in the Army, Uncle Sam has proven to be the only thing standing between keeping his home and foreclosure.

"My home is very very important because I worked so many years to get it, and I'd hate to lose it."

Sydney Nogales is with Piedmont Community Action one of the many organizations that helps run the program.

"Just about anyone that's having issue with their home can qualify for some form of assistance so the main thing that I want to put out there is if you are experiencing any issues with your home or you think you may be experiencing some issue with your home contact us so that we can take a look at it because you do not have to lose your home," said Nogales.

You may think you don't qualify, that it's only for low income homeowners. But you'd be surprised.

- There is no household income limit

- The mortgage amount can be up to $729,750.

- And you do not need to be delinquent on a payment

The only requirement is one of the following hardships in the last 12 months

- job loss, or salary reduction

- divorce

- or costly health issues

Bridges hasn't given up on his job search.

He's just relieved he doesn't have to give up on the American Dream while he's out of work.

"I'm so so grateful," said Bridges.

HOW TO APPLY:

The best way to apply is online at http://www.scmortgagehelp.com/

You can also call: 855-HELP- 4-SC or 855-435-7472.

A few local agencies administer the program like Piedmont Community Action in the Spartanburg area and Neighborhood Housing Corporation in Greenville.

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