The executive director of a Wayne County-based community assistance agency said he hopes to expand a foreclosure program aimed at keeping families in their homes.


The executive director of a Wayne County-based community assistance agency said he hopes to expand a foreclosure program aimed at keeping families in their homes.
“We see that as a serious problem here,” said Dennis Phelps, executive director of TREHAB, at the county commissioner’s Tuesday meeting.
TREHAB Community Action Agency, which serves six rural Northeastern Pennsylvania counties and is funded through a myriad of government sources, would like to bolster its Honesdale office with greater foreclosure assistance offerings, along with perhaps adding more staff, said Phelps.
The foreclosure program, among many others offered by TREHAB to low-to-moderate income individuals and families, helps homeowners attain mortgage modifications through a state administered process, in light of a looming foreclosure.
“We’ll do the actual paperwork,” he said.
The agency also provides rental, utility and emergency shelter assistance.
“Our biggest challenge throughout the winter has been dealing with the extraordinary need for fuel assistance,” he noted.
The Wayne County government provides local funding to TREHAB.
The Commissioners also:
• approved a lease agreement with Sutter Management Rental for transportation and pantry space at $3,066 per month for 37 months, effective May 1.
• promoted Daniel Fisch from part-time to full-time 911 dispatcher at a salary of $21,928, effective May 24.
• hired two human services interns at a rate of $7.75 per hour.
• promoted county corrections officers Donna Thacher and Laurie Rothrock to full-time employment at $13.59 an hour, effective May 31.
Wayne County Commissioners meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Courthouse Annex, third floor.