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DuPage Homeownership Center Wheaton, IL $28,000 The Dupage Homeownership Center has been providing pre-purchase counseling for first- time homebuyers since 1991, and default counseling for Dupage County homeowners in financial crisis since 1994. The Dupage Homeownership Center works with area lenders, Dupage County government and the Illinois Housing Development Authority to create the Dupage Homestead Program. The Homestead Program offers substantial financial assistance to low-income households to enable them to afford homes in Dupage County.

Housing Authority of the County of Lake Grayslake, IL $5,979 The Housing Authority of the County of Lake, IL has been HUD certified since 1992. The agency provides first time homebuyer counseling to potential homebuyers so that they can make informed decisions and potentially qualify for special lending programs and down payment assistance. To lower the number of foreclosures in Lake County, counselors with the housing authority work with mortgagors to explore alternatives to foreclosure, like special forbearance, loan modifications or other workout plans. To increase the supply of housing open to Section 8 participants, the organization engages in outreach campaigns to rental property owners, realtors and property management firms to recruit their interest in the program. For seniors wishing to tap into the equity in their homes, HECM counseling is offered by this counseling agency. In order to locate suitable and affordable housing for persons with disabilities, an inventory of units designated as accessible is maintained and shared with disability advocacy groups. The Housing Authority of the County of Lake, IL also assists people who are homeless.

Latin United Community Housing Association, (LUCHA) Chicago, IL $31,646 LUCHA was founded in 1982 and provides housing counseling to residents from the Humbolt Park, Logan Square, and West Town neighborhoods of Chicago. These services include increasing the participation of community Latinos in the Section 8 Certificate Program and the conventional housing program of the Chicago Housing Authority. LUCHA also provides first time homebuyers education, emergency home repair assistance, winterization assistance, home accessibility assistance services for the elderly and technical assistance to homeowners experiencing financial and other problems with their homes. The LUCHA staff provides bilingual housing counseling to the community.

Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago Chicago, IL $27,368 Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago provides legal support and training to other housing counseling agencies and social service providers throughout the state regarding foreclosure prevention techniques, predatory lending practices, identification of home repair scams and


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