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Housing Counseling FAQ
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In the list of HUD programs affected by the Final Rule on housing counselor certification, the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program is listed as a “HUD Program where housing counseling is funded under the HUD program,” and it is also listed as a “HUD program where housing counseling referrals are made by a grantee or Subgrantee of the program for use by a family assisted under the program.” How is the FSS Program affected by the Final Rule on housing counselor certification?

Date Published: June 2017

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  1. FSS as a HUD Program where housing counseling is funded under the HUD Program:

    The FSS NOFA allows FSS Coordinators to provide homeownership counseling to FSS participants. If an FSS Coordinator provides homeownership counseling with FSS funds, the FSS Coordinator must be a HUD certified housing counselor working for an agency approved to participate in HUD’s Housing Counseling Program, as of August 1, 2020, the Final Compliance Date.
     
  2. FSS as a HUD Program where housing counseling referrals are made by a grantee or Subgrantee of the program for use by a family assisted under the program:

    When an FSS coordinator refers a participant to housing counseling (e.g., rental housing counseling to help participants move to market-rate rental housing, or homeownership counseling for a participant whose goal is to become a homeowner), the coordinator must refer the participant to the List of HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agencies.

Tags: Housing Counseling Program Requirements on Other Specific HUD Programs - Family Self-Sufficiency

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