June 21, 2021 Update from the Mayor

June 21, 2021 Update from the Mayor

COVID-19 Update

There have been 1,368 confirmed cumulative cases of COVID-19 in Hickory Hills, with 25 related deaths.  Tragically, there were 2 additional deaths in May and 1 in June.  As you may have seen on recent news reports, medical experts caution that the Delta variant of COVID-19 is especially contagious and those who are not vaccinated are particularly at higher risk and should practice social distancing and masking protocol as per public health guidelines.   

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Mortgage Forbearance

The deadline for struggling homeowners to request COVID-19-related mortgage relief is fast approaching.

Through the CARES Act, homeowners with federally-backed mortgages can put their loans into forbearance for six months to a year. At the end of the forbearance, the missed payments are either recapitalized through a modification or are put on the end of the loan as a non-interest-bearing balloon payment. Reverse mortgage borrowers, and borrowers who are already behind on their mortgage (or are even in foreclosure) are eligible. The deadline to request relief is the end of this month: June 30, 2021.

Requesting a CARES Act forbearance is simple. Homeowners can use a self-help tool on our website: COVID-19 Mortgage Relief – Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (cvls.org). There, they can check if their loan is federally-backed and fill out form letters to send to their lender. We also have a dedicated hotline and email for homeowners who have trouble navigating the internet: 312-332-8785; COVID@cvls.org. FAQs and referrals to other resources are also posted. 

Residents of Cook County can also use a new, dedicated hotline: Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD): Cook County LEGAL AID for Housing and Debt. CCLAHD helps homeowners, renters, and debtors who are struggling to make ends meet due to COVID.

Again, time is short. Homeowners must ask for help before June 30, 2021.

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Hope all of our fathers had a wonderful Father’s Day!

Mayor Mike