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Housing Counseling FAQ
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If a housing counseling affiliate is receiving HUD grant funds from an intermediary or state housing finance agency, can the same housing counseling agency be a part of another intermediary’s network? Also, if a LHCA receives funding directly from HUD, can it also be affiliated with an intermediary agency network even if it does not receive funding from the intermediary agency?

Date Published: October 2015

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In general, affiliates and sub-grantees (including LHCAs and local agencies with no direct HUD approval) are not permitted to have more than one parent agency for purposes of HUD’s Housing Counseling Program (e.g. HUD-9902 reporting, grant funding, HCS, etc). However, they are allowed to be members of and/or receive technical assistance, peer learning, training, etc. from other intermediary agencies.

LHCAs/Affiliates cannot receive HUD funding from multiple sources within the HUD Housing Counseling Program (i.e. HUD, intermediary, State Housing Finance agencies, etc.) unless allowable under an exception in a specific NOFA or grant agreement. For example, the FY 2014-2015 Comprehensive Housing Counseling NOFA includes the following exceptions:

  • The grantee or sub-grantee has one or more HUD HECM Roster Counselors that are awarded Comprehensive grant funds directly from HUD, or indirectly through an Intermediary or SHFA, and the grantee or sub-grantee receives a single additional sub-grant for reverse mortgage counseling activities from an Intermediary that provides reverse mortgage counseling exclusively; and/or
  • The grantee or sub-grantee are awarded Comprehensive grant funds directly from HUD, or indirectly through an Intermediary or SHFA, and a single additional sub-grant for default counseling from an Intermediary that provides default counseling exclusively.

Tags: Housing Counseling Program Housing Counseling Agency Approval

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