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.
HUD published the Final Rule for Housing Counseling Certification in the Federal Register on December 14, 2016. This rule implements statutory requirements that housing counseling required under or provided in connection with all HUD programs will be provided by HUD-Certified Housing Counselors.
View the Housing Counseling: New Certification Requirements Final Rule page for links to the federal register notice, the press release, and other resources related to the final rule.
The Outreach page provides material to increase public awareness of the benefits of housing counseling services. It includes banner ads, fact sheets, videos, and information about National Homeownership Month.
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 Toolkits: Topics include Agency Capacity Building, Disaster Recovery and Emergency Preparedness, and Consumer Protection and Predatory Lending.