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      Mortgage relief comes for unemployed homeowners

      Unemployed homeowners offered mortgage relief. / WFXL

      Southwest Georgians who've fallen behind on their mortgage while unemployed may be finding some relief.

      A state program called "HomeSafe Georgia" is set up to help with mortgage payments that are in default. The program provides six months of back pay for those who qualify and an additional 12 months of assistance until the homeowner finds a job.

      Those over the program say the payments are paid directly to the mortgage company on behalf of homeowners.

      "This allows the homeowner time to find new or better employment so that they can pick back up once the 18 month period is over," said Saralyn Stafford, Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

      A public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday June 19th for anyone interested in the program.

      The Southwest Georgia Regional Commission will hold the session at 181 East Broad Street in Camilla.

      The program will start at 10:00 AM.

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