Are mobility-related services in the HCV Program considered “housing counseling” for the purposes of the certification rule?
Date Published: June 2017
No. Services that provide housing information, or placement or referral services, (for example, mobility-related services for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program), do not constitute housing counseling and would not necessitate an individual providing these services to become a HUD certified housing counselor working for an agency approved to participate in HUD’s Housing Counseling Program.
However, agencies approved to participate in HUD’s Housing Counseling Program may choose to provide mobility-related services as part of their rental or homeownership housing counseling. As of August 1, 2020, the Final Compliance Date, such rental or homeownership housing counseling would have to be performed by a HUD certified housing counselor.