Nonprofit gets $150K to fight foreclosures

R.I. ATTORNEY GENERAL Peter F. Kilmartin has granted $150,000 to Housing Action Coalition of Rhode Island to help fight foreclosures. He previously announced $2.2 million in grants to a number of agencies and nonprofits to combat the still-depressed Rhode Island housing market.
Posted 3/20/13

PROVIDENCE – Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin on Wednesday announced a $150,000 grant to the Housing Action Coalition of Rhode Island to help homeowners facing foreclosure.

The nonprofit coalition will use the funding from the National Mortgage Settlement for outreach and education programs. The coalition will coordinate and lead monthly meetings with other community housing organizations, community-development organizations, social service agencies, Rhode Island Legal Services and other agencies to collect data on homeowner outreach, referrals and other services provided to homeowners by partner organizations and agencies.

The coalition will also create and distribute education materials on homeowner rights and resources to policymakers, stakeholders and citizens, particularly in neighborhoods hardest hit by foreclosures.

“The housing crisis did not take place overnight, and it will take time for our state to recover,” said Kilmartin. “That is little consolation to families who continue to struggle to stay in their homes and those who don’t know where to turn for help.

“The priority of the National Mortgage Settlement grants is connecting those families who are in immediate need to the right resources. while also looking ahead to improve and bring stability to the housing market for the long term.”

Marilyn Drummond, chair of Housing Action Coalition of Rhode Island, added the grant would “provide outreach and education to support individuals and families struggling to remain in their homes and enhance the policy environment for low-income homeowners and renters at risk of foreclosure.”

Kilmartin previously announced a two-year, $1.57 million grant to Rhode Island Legal Services to fund the Foreclosure Prevention Project; a $375,000 grant to the Housing Network of Rhode Island for homeowner counseling, homebuyer education and outreach; a $155,000 grant to Progreso Latino to expand the agency’s Better Living Project; and a $60,000 grant to HousingWorks RI to research and report on foreclosures and foreclosure prevention programs over the next three years.

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