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The Institute for Foreclosure Legal Assistance gave $6.5 million in grants to foreclosure prevention programs at legal-aid organizations in 19 states foreclosure prevention and Washington, D.C. The institute’s three-year grants of $75,000 to $375,000 are for existing programs. In January, the institute plans to award a second round of funding to organizations that want to start new programs. The Institute has also set aside money to fund cases that could set precedents and for attorneys, including non-grantees, to pay expert witnesses, travel and litigation costs. The Center for Responsible Lending formed the Institute last fall with funding from the investment firm Paulson and Co. Inc. and the National Association of Consumer Advocates manages the institute. “Legal services attorneys have been on the front lines of fighting against foreclosures for many years, and I am thrilled that we can provide funding to some of our nation’s best legal advocates,” said Ira Rheingold, executive director of NACA. “My only regret is that there is not enough money available to fund all the deserving programs attempting to meet the legal needs of families across the country desperate to prevent losing their home to foreclosure.”

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