County and state officials around Michigan are reminding homeowners of a resource they can turn to if they find themselves having trouble paying their mortgages or property taxes. At an event at the county administration building Wednesday, Berrien County Treasurer Bret Witkowski and Van Buren County Treasurer Karen Makay talked about the Step Forward Michigan program. Makay told WSJM News Van Buren County has had 214 homeowners qualify for the program since 2010.
“We know a lot of hard working homeowners find themselves suddenly unable to keep up with mortgage payments or taxes due to some kind of setback,” Makay said. “Fortunately, the Step Forward program is here to help.”
With Step Forward Michigan, someone facing a hardship can get a no-interest loan of up to $30,000 for taxes, mortgage payments, or condo fees. Statewide, more than 35,000 Michigan homeowners have qualified for $311 million in loans since the program began in 2010.