To make ends meet, Chicagoan Susan Wierenga waited on tables and her husband went back to car sales. They were unable to keep their house, which had been "based on me making a lot higher income," she said. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
New Jersey has been awarded $112 million in federal funding to help struggling homeowners facing foreclosure.
The award was announced by Gov. Chris Christie's administration Thursday.
Starting in 2011, unemployed and underemployed homeowners can apply for help through the New Jersey Home Keeper program.
The program will provide a zero percent interest rate and deferred-payment mortgage loans to homeowners in danger of losing their homes through no fault of their own.
The program also allows time for homeowners to seek re-employment or complete job training programs, and will help with mortgage back-payments accrued due to lost employment income.
Christie's office says the program will help an estimated 2,500 to 4,000 households.