HUD provides support to a nationwide network of Housing Counseling Agencies (HCA) and counselors. HCAs are trained and approved by HUD to provide tools to current and prospective homeowners, renters so that they can make responsible choices to address their housing needs in light of their financial situations.
FY 2019 Grant Awards
On January 6, 2020, HUD awarded $2.5 million in grants under HUD’s FY 2019 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.
On October 2, 2019, HUD awarded $42.8 million in housing counseling grants to help approximately one million Americans make more informed housing choices, keep their current homes, or receive assistance to help them avoid foreclosure. Nearly half of the state and local counseling agencies awarded HUD grants received preference because they will provide counseling to individuals and families within designated Opportunity Zones. View all Housing Counseling grant awards.
Since the release of the final rule, HUD has been collecting best practices, FAQs, instructional pages, and other resources to help housing counseling agencies meet the new requirements. The Certification Landing Page provides acess to the collection of available certification webpages, including existing and new pages.
HUD recognizes the need to expand the number of agencies and counselors who can provide default counseling for HECM borrowers and has released new guidance to help meet this goal.
View the new HECM webpage on the HUD Exchange to view HUD's guidance on both origination and default HECM counseling.
Housing Counseling Outreach
View a suite of brochures your agency can use to promote housing counseling including the social media toolkit, homeowners guide to success, first-time homebuyer videos and much more.
Disaster Resources for Housing Counselors
The Housing Counseling Disaster Recovery Toolkit is an online guide created to help Housing Counseling Agencies (HCAs) prepare for disaster events and engage with local partners that receive funding following disasters. This toolkit is for HCAs, Intermediaries, State Housing Finance Agencies, and Multi-State Organizations seeking to play an active and effective role in local disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
This page contains a collection of news, resources, and guidance to assist housing counselors with response and recovery efforts specific to disasters. Check this page for resources for housing counseling agencies and news and updates about the disasters as they become available. View the Disaster Recovery Flyers to help inform members of your community the benefits of working with a housing counselor during emergency and disaster recovery.
The Technology page is for housing counseling agencies to incorporate technology and leverage web platforms in their counseling delivery.
Housing Counseling Resources
Housing Counseling Toolkits: Topics include Agency Capacity Building, Disaster Recovery and Emergency Preparedness, Consumer Protection and Predatory Lending, and HUD Integrity Bulletins.
Training Digest: View upcoming trainings from HUD, HUD-funded partners, and other OHC training partners.
Housing Counseling Research
The Research and Studies page provides recent research evidence on the role of housing counseling to improve housing outcomes for homebuyers, homeowners, and renters.
Housing Counseling News & Announcements
HUD Offers $2.5 Million to Support Housing Counselor Training
Date Posted: January 14, 2020
Notice to FY 2018 Comprehensive Housing Counseling NOFA Recipients: Updated Grant Extension Information
Date Posted: December 09, 2019
Reminder for Housing Counseling Agencies: Please Submit 4th Quarter Form HUD-9902
Date Posted: December 04, 2019
New FEMA Major and Emergency Disaster Declarations
Date Posted: November 26, 2019
HUD Housing Counselor Certification Highlights
Date Posted: November 19, 2019
From Our HUD Partners: Housing Counseling Certification Final Rule Resources on the HUD Exchange
Date Posted: October 04, 2019