If you’re struggling to pay your rent or mortgage, here’s the help available to you

Assistance available for homeowners, renters hit with financial hardship

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - If you’ve been laid off or lost hours and now you’re struggling to pay your rent or mortgage, there’s help available to you.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz’s office has put together a list of online resources for homeowners and renters.

Assistance includes a delay in payments for homeowners with a federally-backed mortgage. There’s also a moratorium on evictions for most renters until July.

“Lots of Hawaii residents are struggling to make their mortgage or their rent, and these programs can help tens of thousands of people who need it,” said Schatz.

“Please call either your mortgage servicer, your landlord, or a housing counselor to see if you are eligible for either forbearance or protections against being evicted.”

Schatz adds that more than 60% of all mortgages in Hawaii and across the country are backed by the federal government.

His guide for homeowners and renters comes a day after his office released a guide for struggling small businesses who were forced to close or cut staff.

Meanwhile, the state has also issued a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures for non-payment.

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