GRANITE CITY — Alton Mayor Brant Walker joined U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), Granite City Mayor Ed Hagnauer and Justine Petersen Founder and CEO Robert Boyle for the relaunch of the Hardest Hit Fund program.
The federal program was established in February 2010 to provide targeted aid to families in states hit hard by the economic and housing market downturn.
The discussion shared information on how struggling homeowners can take advantage of the program. Hardest Hit Fund, which reopened to homeowners in Illinois this month, provides mortgage assistance to families struggling to make mortgage payments because of income loss.
Sandra Redden of Alton benefited from the program.
“Programs like this allow people who experience a hardship the chance to get back on their feet without the worry of losing their home,” Walker said. “Home ownership is an American dream and the Hardest Hit Fund program continues to help people achieve this dream.”
The event was at the Justine Petersen Housing and Reinvestment Corp. at 1324 Niedringhaus Ave. in Granite City.