A few of the key criteria for achieving HUD approval to participate in HUD’s Housing Counseling Program include:
- Nonprofit Status: A housing counseling agency must function as a private or public nonprofit organization, or be a unit of local, county, or state government. The agency must submit evidence of nonprofit status and tax-exempt status under section 501(a), pursuant to section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1996 (26 U.S.C. 501(a) and (c)). Units of local, county, or state government must submit proof of their authorization to provide housing counseling services.
- Experience. The applicant must have successfully administered a housing counseling program for at least one year.
- Community Base. The applicant must have functioned for at least one year in the geographical area that the applicant proposes to serve.
- Counseling Resources. The applicant must have sufficient resources to implement its proposed counseling plan no later than the date of HUD approval.
Detailed information and additional requirements of the housing counseling program are provided in 12 USC 1701x and 24 CFR Part 214 of the Housing Counseling Program Handbook 7610.1 REV-5.