Eighteen housing counseling programs in Virginia will have to share the $4.2 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The money is to go to help homebuyers, renters and the homeless either avoid foreclosure or get their finances in order.
HUD gave out approximately $73 million nationwide. ClearPoint Financial Solutions in Richmond received $1.9 million and Catholic Charities USA in Alexandria is slated to receive $1.3 million for counseling. The money represents a 22 percent funding increase from 2009's levels.