Staffers at the state Department of Housing and Community Development worked until midnight that day to process the final batch of loans, which can repay amounts past due on mortgages and help borrowers with their monthly payments for up to two years. More than 1,400 homeowners who lost their jobs or suffered a hit to their income were approved for the no-interest, forgivable loans, the state said.
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The application process did not begin until June in most states, but Maryland — permitted to run its own program — got a jump start of about two and a half months.