Can HUD Housing Counseling grant recipients be reimbursed for initial set up fees when they contract with a third-party housing education provider (e.g., eHOME America or Framework) to deliver online pre-purchase education classes?
Date Published: November 2017
Yes. Set-up fees for online “education” service providers are eligible for reimbursement under Housing Counseling grants, as long as the education curriculum and service delivery method comply with the Housing Counseling Handbook and Grant Agreement. Pursuant to the Housing Counseling Handbook (7610.1), “education” is defined as “formal classes, with established curriculum and instructional goals, provided in a group or classroom setting, or other formats approved by HUD, covering topics such as, but not limited to: (1) renter rights; (2) the home buying process; (3) how to maintain a home; (4) budgeting; (5) fair housing; (6) identifying and reporting predatory lending practices; (7) rights for persons with disabilities; (8) and the importance of good credit.” See also 24 CFR 214.3.