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.
Since 1968, the HUD Housing Counseling Program has been committed to the needs of consumers and stakeholders. Help the Office of Housing Counseling celebrate 50 years by submitting a happy birthday video and sharing your hopes for the next 50 years.
On October 10, 2018, HUD awarded $47 million in housing counseling grants to help approximately 1 million households find housing, make more informed housing choices, or keep their current homes. See the list of all counseling agencies awarded funding.
Housing Counseling Outreach and Research
The Outreach page provides material to increase public awareness of the benefits of housing counseling services. It includes the new Social Media 101 toolkit, the Homeowner's Guide to Success, 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.
The Office of Housing Counseling is excited to announce the launch of a new Technology page created for housing counseling agencies to incorporate technology and leverage web platforms in their counseling delivery.
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.
HUD EnVision Centers
HUD EnVision Centers: Learn how HUD is empowering people through self-sufficiency in homeownership and rental opportunities.
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 Program News & Announcements
New FEMA Major and Emergency Disaster Declarations
Date Posted: November 13, 2018
HUD Housing Counseling Program Happy Birthday Video
Date Posted: November 08, 2018
Paperless Notification of FHA Connection User ID Implementation
Date Posted: October 31, 2018
Updated Guidance on Home Equity Conversion Mortgage Claim Type 22 Assignment Requests
Date Posted: October 23, 2018
HUD Awards $47 Million in Housing Counseling Grants
Date Posted: October 16, 2018
Outreach Materials for Housing Counselors Coming Soon
Date Posted: October 01, 2018