SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - A Seminole County family called Eyewitness News for help when
it learned its mortgage payment on a county-owned home could be hundreds of dollars more than it planned.
Cheri Wight's daughter received a conditional award letter from Seminole County in March, showing she and her husband could receive up to $87,000, or up to 50 percent, in payment assistance.
Since then, the county's guidelines changed.
"You think you're at the finish line, and you think you can close within 30 to 45 days when you've got that approval," Wight said.
Program administrators changed the debt-to-income requirement for principal reduction in July in order to spread the program's money to help more homebuyers.
Now, 18 applicants could have higher payments than they expected.
The county didn't notify those buyers, only their lenders.
"Why not notify the homebuyers directly?" Channel 9's Karla Ray asked.
Wight worries about others who may be counting on more help.
"What you thought you had in writing doesn't really hold any
The county said it now plans to notify those 17 other applicants directly to explain the changes, which they hope will get more people into affordable homes.