Updates from Morris County: Get the latest on COVID-19

Posted Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

The nonprofit Housing Partnership is offering help to Morris County residents on various issues regarding homeownership or rentals during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Housing Partnership, a resource for home buyer education and programs in North Jersey, offers education, counseling services, and special financial programs for households of all income levels. Regarding the current crisis, the agency has advice on mortgages, foreclosures, and rental issues.

COVID-19: Housing Partnership Offers Help on Mortgage, Foreclosures, and Rents in Morris County

Mortgages and Foreclosures

You may have heard that some lenders are offering a moratorium on payments but those are only offered to people who contact their lenders and explain their situation. It is important that you act quickly and that you understand the terms of the moratoriums.

The Housing Partnership offers free, HUD-approved Foreclosure Prevention Counseling to help you avoid scams and understand what your options are if you’re struggling with your mortgage during this crisis. To begin the process with a HUD-Certified housing counselor start here: https://www.housingpartnershipnj.org/home-ownership-preservation/

Freddie Mac has published an interactive guide to sustaining homeownership in a crisis. You can find that guide here. They’ve also shared some information on avoiding phone fraud.

For Renters

The Housing Partnership also offers free, confidential counseling to renters in the Morris, Sussex, and Warren County areas. It is a HUD-certified counseling agency that understands the process and can be your navigator to help avoid eviction. For more information on free rental counseling, click here.

You’ll find general answers to frequently asked renter questions here.