Program Helps with Property Taxes, More

posted 9/7/22 -- Lorain County homeowners can apply for help with non-mortgage expenses thanks to a program of the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA).

Save the Dream Ohio – Utility Assistance Plus provides eligible Ohio homeowners with financial assistance to pay delinquent utility bills, property taxes, and other housing costs not included in the mortgage payment. This can include lot fees for mobile homes.

To qualify, the home must be your primary residence and you must have experienced hardship or loss of income due to COVID-19. Income thresholds are high compared to other programs, according to Energy Services Coordinator Darnella Higginbotham. A family for four cannot have an annual income exceeding $147,600.

To apply, bring proof of income, proof of homeownership and a statement regarding your hardship to LCCAA’s secure drop box at 936 Broadway Ave., Lorain. Be sure to include your contact information and write “OHFA” on your envelope. A staff member will contact you regarding your eligibility. No appointments are needed.