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A state aid program for struggling homeowners is closing soon, but there’s still time to apply for financial assistance.

Next month, Oregon Housing and Community Services intends to shut down the Home Rescue Program, which doles out money to help unemployed and underemployed Oregonians make their mortgage payments and avoid foreclosure, because its federal funding is running out.

The agency says the program has helped 9,500 people so far. It hopes to enroll another 1,500 homeowners before cutting off applications.

Several more one-week application cycles will be held before the program shuts down for good, with the last one beginning June 25 and ending July 1. To check your eligibility, visit www.oregonhome

ownerhelp.org on the Internet or contact your local housing agency.

Benton County residents can call Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services at 541-752-7220, and Linn County residents can call Community Services Consortium at 541-928-6335.

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