The information on this page is provided for HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agencies & their clients.
HUD Awards $40 Million in Housing Counseling Grants: As part of its continuing effort to assist families and individuals with their housing needs and to prevent future foreclosures, HUD announced on 06/18/13 more than $40 million in housing counseling grants to 334 national, regional and local organizations. As a result of these grants and the additional funding they help leverage, more than 1.6 million households will have a greater opportunity to find housing, make more informed housing choices or keep their current homes. Read the entire press release. Also read the list of all counseling agencies awarded funding and the Summary of each grant, organized by state
HUD Releases Model Programs For Use by Communities Seeking Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Funding: On 3/15/13 HUD released several model programs designed to help communities get Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds more expeditiously to residents struggling to rebuild, repair or restore their homes. These program designs can be adapted to a locality's unique needs and readily implemented so each community does not have to develop entire new programs on their own. Read the press release. Also read the HUD Housing Counseling Program Guide for Superstorm Sandy Disaster Relief.
Resource for HECM Counselors: NeighborWorks America sponsors the HECM Counselor Resources website incorporating content and features for both Active and Prospective HUD HECM Counselors and information for HECM consumers. Read more.
Hope LoanPortal: The HOPE NOW Alliance recently announced the launch of a new web portal, HOPE LoanPortal, that HUD believes has the potential to significantly improve the execution of HAMP & non-HAMP modifications.Housing Counseling Handbook 7610.1 Rev-5: This handbook specifies the most current legislative & programmatic requirements for the implementation of HUD's Housing Counseling Program & outlines requirements for program eligibility, approval, the delivery of comprehensive & HECM counseling services, program record keeping, reporting, performance monitoring, the competitive funding, & the grant application process. This handbook offers policy guidance & procedures for HUD staff & program participants to assist both audiences with effective program oversight. Read the handbook.