University Heights preparing programs to help residents as predicted foreclosure crisis nears

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio — City Council will consider a series of programs in which federal CARES Act money would go towards helping keep people in their homes in what is expected to be a coming time of housing crisis, and to keep small businesses afloat.

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During an online Zoom council meeting held Monday (Sept. 21), Economic Development Director Susan Drucker and City Planner Brendan Zak told council about programs to help residents and business owners who find themselves in financial difficulty due to the coronavirus. The programs would assist small business owners, those needing help paying their mortgage or rent, and provide money for paying utility bills.

The goal is to put local help in place before the federal moratorium on foreclosures and evictions expires at year’s end.

Finance Director Dennis Kennedy said University Heights has received a total of $698,000 in CARES Act money, and has hopes

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