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Housing Counseling FAQ

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program Homeownership Option is listed in the certification rule as a “HUD Program where housing counseling is required by statute, regulation, Notice of Funding Availability, or otherwise required by HUD.” The current HCV regulation at 24 CFR Part 982.630(e) allows a public housing agency (PHA) to not use a HUD-approved housing counseling agency to provide the counseling for families participating in the homeownership option, as long as the PHA ensures that its counseling program is consistent with the homeownership counseling provided under HUD’s Housing Counseling Program. Does the certification rule remove this option to not use a HUD-approved housing counseling agency?

Date Published: December 2016

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Within 36 months from the date that the certification test is announced, the housing counseling provided to families participating in the HCV Program Homeownership Option must be conducted by a HUD certified housing counselor working for an agency approved to participate in HUD’s Housing Counseling Program. PHAs are not required to become approved to participate in HUD’s Housing Counseling program (nor is the PHA’s staff required to become HUD certified counselors), unless the homeownership counseling is being provided directly by the PHA.

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