Hagåtña, Guam – Since launching one month ago, the Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Administration is distributing the first batch of relief payments for 22 homeowners this week through the Guam Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF). The HAF program has received 977 pre-applications, of which 782 applicants are pre-eligible, 96 ineligible, and 99 were duplicate applications.

“As we rise from the challenges of this pandemic, supporting the ability of our people to gain firm footing in our pursuit of prosperity is essential to our success,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “This week, we are delivering $135,683 to help families keep good on their financial obligations and, more importantly, to encourage their continued growth despite the hardships.”

“We are humbled this relief is reaching homeowners in need and that hundreds more will be able to address their household needs,” said Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio. “The HAF program continues working hard every day to deliver relief as soon as possible. We are encouraged that a second batch of financial assistance will be distributed later this month.”

Launched on January 31, 2022, HAF assists homeowners struggling to pay their mortgages, utilities, or property taxes due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Administered by the Department of Administration, funds are paid directly to lenders and utility agencies on behalf of homeowners. The U.S. Department of Treasury established the following eligibility criteria: (1) own and occupy a home in Guam as their primary residence; (2) experienced financial hardship associated with the COVID-19 pandemic after January 21, 2020 and; (3) have a household income at or below 150% of the area median income. There is a $15,000 limit for each applicant.

The HAF program contacts all applicants regarding the status of applications. For more information, visit doa.guam.gov or contact HAF at haf@doa.guam.gov or 671-638-3814/3815, or visit the HAF office located on the 2nd floor of the ITC Building in Tamuning.

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