Frio County has $6M for homeowner assistance
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CAMACHO ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION APPLICANTS MUST MEET ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
“WE HAVE NOT PUT A DENT IN IT…”
Frio County Judge Rochelle Camacho is urging eligible citizens to take advantage of the Homeowner Assistance Fund monies that were awarded to the county.
“Frio County was awarded six million dollars and we have not put a dent into a million,” the judge said during a Tuesday, April 25, meeting.
The program gives eligible homeowners grants to cover past-due mortgage payments, up to three months of future mortgage payments, property taxes, insurance, homeowner association fees, past-due utility payments and up to three months of prospective utility payments.
“It is a process,” the judge said. “You enroll online then they will ask for certain documents.”
Funded under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the program is administered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.
Requirements include a homeowner having experienced financial hardship after January 21, 2020 due to the pandemic; mortgages delinquent prior to January 1, 2019 are not eligible for assistance. The household income must be at or below 100 percent of the area median income; and applicants must own and occupy a home in Texas as a primary residence.
Ronald Rocha, delinquent tax attorney for the county, said his office has sent at least three mail-outs to clients in Frio County who are delinquent in their taxes.
“As of April 4, Frio County has processed and approved through the state twenty-eight accounts totaling one hundred and ninety-one thousand dollars,” Rocha said.
Applications for the benefits are available in the judge’s and county tax collector’s offices.