Legal Aid initiatives funded

RALEIGH, N.C. — Legal Aid of North Carolina received grants from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to support two programs, one to help clients fight the pitfalls of predatory lending and another to aid battered immigrant women.

A $300,000 grant will support the Fair Lending and Home Defense project, a collaboration of seven nonprofit legal, financial and housing organizations in North Carolina.

The effort was launched to help working families save their homes from foreclosures, which have nearly doubled in recent years, Legal Aid executive director George Hausen says in a statement.

Another $60,000 grant will support the Battered Immigrant project, part of the Center’s Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative.

In addition to assisting victims of battery and domestic violence, the project has a goal of strengthening the relationships between legal-aid and domestic-violence programs across the state.

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