Housing Counseling FAQ

What is an Intermediary’s or State Housing Financing Agency’s (SHFA) responsibility for compliance with housing counselor certification when an agency applies to them to participate in HUD’s Housing Counseling Program as their Affiliate or Subgrantee? 

Date Published: June 2017

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As of August 1, 2020, the Final Compliance Date, when an Intermediary or SHFA designates an agency to provide housing counseling services, it is the responsibility of the Intermediary or SHFA to ensure that the individuals providing housing counseling in the agency’s proposed housing counseling work plan have passed the HUD counselor certification examination. To be approved to participate in HUD’s Housing Counseling Program, an agency must meet all of HUD requirements including but not limited to the requirements of 24 CFR Part 214.

Tags: Housing Counseling Program Compliance with Certification Requirements - Intermediary/SHFA/Multi State Organization Oversight Responsibilities