A North Charleston non-profit group announced this afternoon that it has received a $273,420 contract that will fund efforts by the Homeownership Resource Center to provide free mortgage mitigation and modification services to homeowners and landlords at risk of default and foreclosure.

“Our goal is to reach any South Carolina homeowner having trouble making their mortgage payment, facing default, or at potential risk of foreclosure,” said center Director Debbie Kidd. “This includes primary homeowners, investment property owners, as well as the unemployed, underemployed, and those who are unable to return to work because of a medical condition.”

The funding comes from the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Program. The counseling is free.

“With this contract, we have the capacity to help thousands of homeowners at risk of losing their home,” said Kidd, who said the Homeownership Resource Center has counseled more than 13,000 individuals and saved nearly 4,000 homes since bringing the NFMC program to South Carolina in 2008.

Homeowners can access the counseling services in-person, by phone, and online. For more information call 843-735-5522 or visit www.fsisc.org.