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August 20, 2012

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Senator Hughes An informational update for you!

This publication is your opportunity to receive regular updates on the work and the issues that I have been involved with, both in Harrisburg and throughout our community.

Please visit my website, where you will find a comprehensive overview of our work, various phone numbers and contact information to assist you in solving problems, opportunities to volunteer and assist us in our programs and opportunities to give your feedback.

PHFA Now Accepting HEMAP Applications
Newly reinstated mortgage assistance program ready to serve struggling homeowners

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency is now accepting applications from homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage. With the newly reinstated Homeowners Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP), these homeowners will now have the means to pay their mortgage at a time of economic uncertainty.

HEMAP Press Conference
February 8, 2012 - Hughes speaks about
the importance of funding the
HEMAP Program at a news conference.
On February 8, 2012, Hughes speaks about the importance of funding the HEMAP Program at a news conference.

After 30 years of providing emergency mortgage assistance to more than 46,000 families in PA, HEMAP was eliminated in July 2011 and was not included in the governor’s 2012-13 state budget plan.

On February 8, 2012, Hughes speaks about the importance of funding the HEMAP Program at a news conference.

In February, directly on the heels of the announcement of a national settlement with lenders involved in servicing mortgages, I joined with my Senate Democratic colleagues to urge the state Attorney General to use funds from this settlement for immediate assistance for homeowners facing foreclosure.

As a part of the $25 billion national settlement, Pennsylvania will receive $266 million overall and a direct payment of $69 million.

Advocacy efforts by my Senate Democratic colleagues and I were the catalyst for the passage of Senate Bill 1433 into law, reinstating HEMAP and once again providing relief to tens of thousands of Pennsylvania homeowners from all corners of the state.

HEMAP will receive $12 million per year over a five-year period from settlement funds, as well as $6 million in 2012 to immediately assist the backlog of homeowners who applied for HEMAP assistance before it was eliminated.

forclosureThe new law will fund mortgage assistance measures and is a great first step in continuing this critical and successful program. Now, more families will be able to stave off foreclosure and remain in their homes.

Assistance is available RIGHT NOW for at-risk homeowners. I urge those who are at least three months delinquent on their mortgage and who have received notices of foreclosure to contact PHFA today!

For more information and instructions on how to apply for HEMAP assistance, contact PHFA at 1-800-342-2397 (toll free).

More information about HEMAP can be found at
or by calling 1.800.342.2397

You can find out more specifics about the HEMAP and provide your feedback on my website at as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@SenatorHughes).

Offices of State Senator Vincent Hughes


4950 Parkside Avenue | Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215.879.7777
Fax: 215.879.7778

Senate Box 203007
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3007
Phone: 717.787.7112
Fax: 717.772.0579