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Catholic Charities shutters local foreclosure counseling program

A loss of funding has led Catholic Charities to shutter its free foreclosure counseling program, which since 2009 has helped 1,849 local families through the difficult process of home foreclosure and loan modification.

Funding for service, which came from various federal sources, was either cut or no longer available.

Catholic Charities said it failed to win a $100,000 grant from HUD's National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling program because it required a matching grant from another source.

The Santa Rosa nonprofit agency had sought a $100,000 grant from Wells Fargo Foundation but was turned down, said Betsy Timm, a Catholic Charities spokeswoman. The agency also lost a HUD grant of about $30,000 for housing counseling that it has received for the past several years.

The foreclosure counseling program not only assisted people through the loan modification process, it offered personal counseling that was often an emotional lifeline for its clients.


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