Housing Counseling FAQ
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The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) 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” and it is also listed in the certification rule as a “HUD Program where housing counseling is funded under the HUD program.” How is the HOME program affected by the Final Rule on housing counselor certification?

Date Published: June 2017

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  1. HOME as a HUD program where housing counseling is required by regulation:

    The HOME program regulations require that all homebuyers assisted with HOME funds must receive housing counseling. The housing counseling requirement applies to all HOME-assisted homebuyers, including homebuyers receiving HOME-funded direct homebuyer assistance (i.e., downpayment assistance) and homebuyers purchasing units developed with HOME funds. In all instances, regardless of whether the housing counseling is funded with HOME or another source, this required housing counseling must be provided by HUD certified housing counselors working for an agency approved to participate in HUD’s Housing Counseling program, by the Final Compliance Date.
     
  2. HOME as a HUD Program where housing counseling is funded under the HUD program:

    While housing counseling is required for all HOME-assisted homebuyers, other types of housing counseling that are not required by HOME regulation, such as counseling to potential tenants, are eligible HOME-funded costs. Regardless of whether the housing counseling is required by regulation or optional, if the Participating Jurisdiction funds housing counseling with HOME funds, either directly or through a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) or subrecipient, such housing counseling must be provided by 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.

Tags: Housing Counseling Program Requirements on Other Specific HUD Programs - HOME Investment Partnerships HOME Housing Counseling

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