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UPDATE: Comfort House Granted 6-Month Extension on Mortgage

By: WSAZ News Staff, The Associated Press Email
By: WSAZ News Staff, The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 3/11/14
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Jeffrey George Comfort House has been granted a 6-month extension on the facility's mortgage.

Officials at the Comfort House tell WSAZ.com the facility has been granted a 212-day extension on the $545,000 mortgage.

The Comfort House announced last month that it would close its doors this spring after running into financial issues.

An anonymous donor offered to pay the remaining mortgage, but rescinded their offer.

Officials at the Comfort House say they are going to proceed with fundraising efforts to pay off the loan entirely.

The Comfort House has provided temporary housing and meals to 25,000 people since opening in 2000.



UPDATE 3/4/14
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - A donor has withdrawn an offer to help a Huntington facility that provides lodging for families of hospital patients.

The Jeffrey George Comfort House volunteer Executive Director Jo Fannin had announced Feb. 25 that an anonymous donor offered to assume the facility's $545,000 mortgage.

Fannin now says that offer has been rescinded.

The offer's withdrawal leaves the facility with an uncertain future.

Its former board chairman had announced on Feb. 15 that it would close because the bank was calling the mortgage.

Fannin says the facility has launched a fundraising campaign.



ORIGINAL STORY 2/26/14
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Jeffrey E. George Comfort House in Huntington will keep its doors opens after an anonymous donor steps forward to provide new financial support.

The Comfort House announced earlier this month that it would close its doors this spring after running into financial issues.

Executive Director Jo Fannin says last week a donor came forward offering to assume the mortgage payments on the home in order to keep it open to local patients receiving outpatient medical treatments at Huntington-area hospitals.

The board of directors voted to accept the offer from the anonymous donor during a meeting this week.

The donor will now start making payments on its $545,000 mortgage.

The Comfort House board of directors says it will pay back the donor as they can.

Fannin says the Comfort House has provided temporary housing and meals to 25,000 people since opening in 2000.


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