WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded Iowa a total of $101,056 in grants under the Housing Counseling Program.  The funds will go toward counseling services to homebuyers, homeowners, low-to-moderate-income renters, and the homeless to expand homeownership and improve access to affordable housing.  Harkin is a senior member of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds HUD.

"Quality, affordable housing is a necessity and any funds that can go toward expanding access to it is money well-spent," said Harkin.  "I congratulate all of these recipients on this competitive funding and look forward to the improvements it will generate."

The funding was awarded as follows:

Center for Siouxland - $25,000
Eastern Iowa Regional Housing Authority - $24,465
Home Opportunities Made Easy, Inc. (HOME, Inc.) - $28,014
United Neighbors, Inc. - $23,577


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