Housing & Mortgage Counseling

SCA provides homeowners and homebuyers with programs to assist them with housing counseling, foreclosure prevention assistance, home buying, and workshops.

All of these programs comply with Equal Housing Opportunity guidelines, as well as federal and state standards.

HEMAP Mortgage Assistance

HEMAP, which stands for the Homeowner’s Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program, is administered and funded by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA). This program assists homeowners who are unable to make their mortgage payments, through no fault of their own, and are facing foreclosure proceedings.

SCA is a PHFA-certified housing counseling agency and application packager for the HEMAP Program. SCA assists homeowners who have received a “Notice of Intent to Foreclose” letter (Act 91 Notice) from their holder/lender with applying for emergency mortgage assistance.


HEMAP Eligibility

Eligible applicants must be Pennsylvania residents. They must own and reside principally in the property in foreclosure, be suffering financial hardship through no fault of their own, and demonstrate a reasonable prospect of resuming normal mortgage payments after the HEMAP assistance concludes.

Applicants must meet with a designated counseling agency, such as SCA, within thirty days of receiving an Act 91 Notice in order to initiate the application process. If you have received an Act 91 Notice from your mortgage holder, contact SCA immediately by calling (570) 622-1995 to determine if you are eligible to submit a HEMAP mortgage assistance application. Mortgage assistance from PHFA may be provided in the form of either arrearage assistance or monthly assistance.

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage

SCA is a HUD-approved agency that provides Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) assistance. Senior homeowners applying for a HECM must receive consumer education and counseling.

The HECM, a federally guaranteed reverse mortgage, can be used by senior homeowners, aged 62 and older, to convert the equity in their home into monthly streams of income and/or a line of credit to be repaid when they no longer occupy the home. The loan, commonly known as an HECM, is funded by a lending institution such as a mortgage lender, a bank, a credit union, or a savings/loans association.

Borrowers must continue to pay taxes and homeowners insurance, and maintain their property.

If the borrower would move, sell, discontinue occupancy for twelve consecutive months, or in case of death, the reverse mortgage loan would become due and payable.

Additional program requirements apply.

Call SCA at (570) 622-1995 for more information about HECM counseling and assistance.


Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program

SCA, in partnership with the Court of Common Pleas – 21st Judicial District and the Schuylkill County Bar Association, has developed the Schuylkill County Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program to assist homeowners in the county who are faced with mortgage foreclosure action.

The program is designed to provide early court intervention in residential, owner-occupied mortgage foreclosure cases which will assure determination of eligibility under various federal, state, and local programs established to facilitate loan workout/modification and other solutions to permit residential homeowners, where possible, to retain their properties or permit lenders to move forward to the Sheriff Sale upon conclusion of the process.

SCA provides skilled representation to homeowners when negotiating terms of repayment for defaulted and/or delinquent mortgages.

Homebuyer Workshops

The key to owning a home is knowledge. A well-informed homebuyer is better prepared to achieve homeownership. SCA offers homebuyer workshops, free of charge, for individuals who are interested in purchasing a home. Three sessions presented in an easily understood format prepare participants to make better purchasing decisions.

Please keep in mind that while the sessions are conducted in a classroom setting, there are no tests to pass or grades to achieve.  SCA’s goal in these sessions is for every participant to become a home!

After completing all three of the sessions, each participant in the workshop is entitled to a certificate. The certificate may entitle them to special mortgage opportunities offered by many of the sponsoring lenders.

The Homebuyer Workshop series educates individuals on…

Home Affordability
Home Inspections
Future Home Maintenance
By understanding these key components, individuals will be able to make sound decisions during the homebuying process.
Joan O'Brien (left), Jeffrey E. O'Neill (right)

Homebuyers Workshop Sponsor: M&T Bank

Jeffrey E. O’Neill, Vice President Team Leader, M&T Bank, presented a charitable foundation check to Joan O’Brien, Housing Counselor/Manager Schuylkill Community Action, for the Homebuyers Workshop Series

M&T Bank has been an active member and contributor of the Schuylkill County Homebuyers Coalitions since its inception in 1995.

This program is made possible through the Schuylkill County Homebuyer Coalition and the Schuylkill County Commissioners. The Coalition consists of local financial institutions, including:

  • BB&T
  • M&T Bank
  • Santander
  • Wells Fargo

Call SCA at (570) 622-1995 for more information about the Homebuyers Workshop.

Click below to view the 2018 dates for the Homebuyers Education Workshop.

SCA is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.

We are firmly committed to the provision of assistance regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, military status, sexual orientation, or marital/family status.