Contact Information: 
Paula Sollami Covello
Mercer County Clerk
609-989-6465
psollamicovello@mercercounty.org

TRENTON, NJ – Mercer County Clerk, Paula Sollami Covello, in the wake of news that the State of New Jersey will soon receive $112 million in Federal aid for an upcoming NJ Home Keeper Program to assist the unemployed in keeping their homes, alerts Mercer County homeowners of agencies to help them avoid foreclosure.

Although this current wave of unemployment-driven foreclosure filings is posing new challenges for Federal, State, and County officials, Sollami Covello has suggested that those in financial distress should contact the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency’s hotline at 1-888-989-5277 or on the web at www.NJForeclosureMediation.org, Troubled homeowners may also reach out to local community service groups such as the Consumer Credit Counseling of Central NJ at 609-586-2574.  Each provide free advice and counseling on foreclosures.

Further, Sollami Covello urges homeowners to reach out to their mortgage lender or a certified counselor at the first sign of difficulty to determine if they have special programs for troubled borrowers.

Over two and a half years, Clerk Sollami Covello has taken an unprecedented and proactive approach to local foreclosures by reaching out to individuals who have lis pendens notices placed against their properties and providing information on where to find help. “Not all of those lis pendens filings will result in lost homes. Thankfully, many find a solution to catch up on their mortgage payments and some qualify for loan modifications that allow them to keep their homes,” noted Sollami Covello.

The Mercer County Clerk’s Office remains positioned to provide helpful information to County residents during these challenging times as well as readying itself for an eventual housing recovery. It is the Mercer County Clerk's Office that files and records all documents concerning real estate ownership, mortgages, and transfers. “We must do all we can to ensure homeownership is not built on quick sand; the earlier homeowners reach out for help, the more options they have in addressing their financial issues, preventing foreclosure, and keeping equity in their home,” noted Clerk Sollami Covello.