Are items such as travel, training, certification costs, and marketing and outreach eligible for reimbursement under my HUD Housing Counseling Grant?
Date Published: November 2017
These costs remain eligible in the FY 2016 and 2017 Comprehensive Housing Counseling Program NOFA. Please see Section III.C.1.e and III.C.1.f of the FY 2016 and 2017 Comprehensive Housing Counseling Program NOFA for detailed information.
Eligible ‘training’ expenses include training, testing, and certification on housing counseling topics, including but not limited to, preparation of counselors to satisfy HUD housing counseling training, testing, and certification requirements.
Marketing and outreach initiatives include providing general information and materials about housing opportunities and issues, conducting informational campaigns, advocating with lenders for non-traditional lending standards, and raising awareness about critical housing topics. Marketing and outreach should follow affirmative marketing principles and be directed at those populations least likely to seek counseling services.
To charge costs to a HUD grant, they must be included as itemized expenses on your approved grant budget. For more details, see the Eligible Activities section beginning on page 9 of the FY 2016 – 2017 Comprehensive Housing Counseling NOFA and work with your HUD Point of Contact during the grant execution phase.