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HUD Offers $2.5 Million to Support Housing Counselor Training

January 14, 2020 Print ShareThis

On January 6, 2020, HUD awarded $2.5 million in grants under HUD’s Housing Counseling Program Training Grant. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Notice of Training Grant Funding Availability (TNOFA) grants support education and training of housing counselors, including training on how to provide counseling for seniors with Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM) in default and training on HUD’s housing counselor certification exam.

The TNOFA provides funds to nonprofit training grantees who offer classes and scholarships to housing counselors from HUD-approved housing counseling agencies. This assistance helps maintain a housing counseling industry that can meaningfully assist consumers by providing them with the information needed to make informed housing choices, while maximizing the impact of federal funding appropriated for HUD's housing counseling program.

Grants support education and training of housing counselors as well as nonprofit training grantees.

 

Grantee Amount Granted Grantee Information
National Community Reinvestment Coalition $617,251.26 National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) was formed in 1990 by national, regional, and local organizations to develop and harness the collective energies of community reinvestment organizations from across the country. NCRC’s National Training Academy (NTA) offers substantive state-of-the-art training and technical assistance both on-site and online with a focus on housing counseling agencies and nonprofit organizations. Their mission is to give advocates and leaders the skills and knowledge necessary to economically empower their communities and its members. NTA coordinates with NCRC’s GROWTH initiative, which provides affordable, opportunity-rich single-family housing in most of the places NTA will serve in the coming year. In FY 2018, NCRC trained over 4,000 counselors and provided approximately 4,400 scholarships to counselors from HUD-approved housing counseling agencies.
NeighborWorks America $889,909.10 NeighborWorks America (NWA) is a national nonprofit organization with a 40-year history deeply rooted in affordable housing and community development. NWA works to strengthen the knowledge, skills, and effectiveness of the community development and affordable housing field. NWA is the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals. The NWA Center for Homeownership Education and Counseling (NCHEC) provides housing education, counseling and financial capability training along with specialized certification to thousands of nonprofits each year. NCHEC delivers in-person and online training and certification to housing counseling professionals providing services in their community. Since inception, NCHEC has issued more than 130,000 training certificates. Working with a broad cross-section of industry leaders, NCHEC spearheads the National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education and Counseling to promote and guide consistent and reliable services to consumers. In FY 2018, NWA trained over 8,000 counselors and provided approximately 1,000 scholarships to counselors from HUD-approved housing counseling agencies.
Neighborhood Stabilization Corporation $240,580.84 The National Stabilization Corporation (NSC) and Housing Action Illinois created the National Housing Counseling Training Camp to deliver high-quality in-person and online education and training to HUD-approved housing counseling agencies. NSC and its training partners bring over 20 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge to the housing counseling training space. NSC is the largest nonprofit HUD certified community advocacy homeownership organization. NSC focuses primarily on low- and moderate-income people and communities, who without NSC are subjected to predatory terms, unfair and discriminatory housing practices or locked out of affordable homeownership. In FY 2018, NSC trained over 600 counselors and provided approximately 200 scholarships.
Rural Community Assistance Corporation $344,373.53 Rural Community Assistance Corporation’s (RCAC) mission is to provide training, technical and financial resources and advocacy so rural communities can achieve their goals and visions. RCAC began its work to help preserve and develop affordable housing options for the rural poor 41 years ago and has been a HUD-approved national housing counseling intermediary since 2005. RCAC provides training, capacity building, quality control, advocacy, collaboration, budget management and compliance monitoring for housing counseling agencies so they can successfully deliver services to clients and plan for future. In 2016, RCAC became a national HUD training partner, providing training for employees of HUD-approved counseling agencies. In FY 2018, RCAC trained 1,100 counselors and provided over 600 scholarships to counselors from HUD-approved housing counseling agencies.
UnidosUS $407,885.27 UnidosUS, formerly the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), is the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization working to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Since its founding in 1968, UnidosUS has contributed to a stronger America by elevating the voice of Latinos and defending and advancing our community’s concerns. The UnidosUS Learning Alliance is a HUD-funded training and certification program for housing counselors. NCLR Homeownership Network Learning Alliance (NHNLA) courses are developed in collaboration with the NHN and housing counseling experts to ensure real world experience-based knowledge is integrated into the curriculum and classroom. In FY 2018, UnidosUS trained over 1,200 counselors and provided approximately 900 scholarships to counselors from HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agencies.

 

Learn more about housing counselor training and view the list of current courses by visiting the HUD Exchange. If you have any questions, please contact your HUD OHC Point of Contact (POC) or email: housing.counseling@hud.gov.

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