More Missourians seek to avoid foreclosure

Monday, August 18, 2008

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) -- Far more Missourians are feeling the pinch of the housing crisis and are seeking help in avoiding foreclosure.

The Homeownership Preservation Foundation -- a nonprofit group dedicated to preventing foreclosure -- says it its hot line is far busier this year than in 2007.

The group says the hot line received over 13,000 calls from Missouri homeowners in all of last year. But from January to July 2008, it's already received almost 14,000 calls for help.

The organization also says Missouri is the 16th most-counseled state in 2008.

Doug Tschauder, a foreclosure attorney for Legal Aid of Western Missouri, said he

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