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Iowa foreclosure program receives grant

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- An Iowa program geared at helping people avoid foreclosure has received a federal grant for more than $600,000.

The Iowa Mortgage Help foreclosure prevention initiative received the grant from the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Program. State officials announced the award Thursday.

According to a press release, the award will go to preventative counseling efforts.

The state mortgage program was started in 2008. It receives an average of 20 calls each day and offers counseling services and legal support. The program is a partnership effort between the Iowa Finance Authority, the Office of the Attorney General, Iowa Mediation Service, the Iowa Home Ownership Education Project and Iowa Legal Aid.