Housing Counseling FAQ

How does HUD define “Housing Counseling”?

Date Published: December 2016

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Housing counseling is defined in HUD’s general regulations at 24 CFR 5.100, as follows: 

"Housing Counseling is independent, expert advice customized to the need of the consumer to address the consumer’s housing barriers and to help achieve their housing goals and must include the following processes:  intake; financial and housing affordability analysis; an action plan, except for reverse mortgage counseling; and a reasonable effort to have follow-up communication with the client when possible. The content and process of housing counseling must meet the standards outlined in 24 CFR part 214. Homeownership counseling and rental counseling are types of Housing Counseling."

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