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The State Attorney General’s Homeownership Protection Program has awarded almost $1.1 million to five local housing counseling and legal service organizations to help with free homeowner counseling programs to avoid foreclosures.

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced $20 million in grants Wednesday to fund 54 housing counseling and 34 legal services for homeowners across the state, as part of his office second round of a three-year, $60 million commitment to help struggling homeowners remain in their homes.

Two programs at the Western New York Law Center – Legal Aid of Buffalo and the Legal Services for the Elderly will share $690,000; the Buffalo Urban League was awarded $131,500; Belmont Housing Resources of WNY will get $149,732; and the West Side Neighborhood Housing Services will receive $112,500.