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165 Amber Lane
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18703
The Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO) was established in 1965 to combat poverty. Over the past four decades, thousands of individuals and families have benefited from the programs offered by CEO. This web page was created to provide information for ... more
Director of Housing Counseling
Commission on Economic Opportunity
At least a quarter of the state's 67 counties have diversion programs that collectively have an average 20 to 25 percent of participants receiving loan modifications.
Ritter largely credits the atmosphere of civility.
"What stands out is the desire for everyone involved to try to help these property owners succeed,"
"We see a lot of families competing for a limited number of safe, affordable units.
A lot of times, housing authorities will have long waiting lists.
We have hundreds of families looking for housing," Ritter said.
CEO refers clients to apply at housing authorities and privately owned subsidized housing developments, as well as to the few transitional housing agencies, Ritter said.
In the past, the agency typically assisted 20 to 25 people with mortgage-related issues per month.
"Now we're seeing 30 to 40 per month.
We're seeing an increase," Ritter said.
The economy is the "obvious" key driver, Ritter said.
"We just touched double digits in unemployment,"
"Because of the non-passage of the budget, we see families every day that will not be assisted with their housing relating concerns,"
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