Eddie & Teresa Cantu | Seymour, IN
In November of 2010, on his twins’ fourth birthday, Eddie Cantu received word that he lost his job due to company cut backs. The sudden job loss left the family of six without a source of income to pay their mortgage. For six months, the Cantu family struggled to pay their mortgage as Eddie searched for a new job. Teresa began selling personal items from their home to make mortgage payments. In the spring of 2011, Teresa spoke with Human Services in Columbus, Ind., and learned about the Hardest Hit Fund program. The housing counselor helped Eddie and Teresa gather the necessary paperwork to apply for the program and gave them hope in what seemed like a hopeless situation. The Cantus applied for the program and were the first family funded with Indiana’s Hardest Hit Fund dollars. Within a month of being on the program, Eddie found reemployment. The funding continued for three months post reemployment, so the Cantus were able to catch up on their mortgage and other bills. With a new job Eddie loves and the threat of foreclosure behind them, the Cantu family is grateful to be back on their feet.