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Gov. Bentley Announces Foreclosure Prevention Help

Montgomery, AL – Gov. Robert Bentley and the Alabama Housing Finance Authority have launched a program to help keep unemployed people from losing their homes to foreclosures.

Bentley and authority Executive Director Robert Strickland said Wednesday that the program called Hardest Hit Alabama can provide up to $15,000 for a homeowner who is out of work and behind in mortgage payments.

The program began with a pilot test late last year. One of those who was helped, Bessie Lucas of Millbrook, said the program was a blessing after seven months without a job. She started back to work as a medical assistant two weeks ago.

The new program stems from the Alabama Housing Finance Authority being allocated $162 million in federal stimulus funds.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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