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 must be provided by HUD Certified Housing Counselors as of August 1, 2020, the final compliance date. The HUD certified housing counselor examination will be available on August 1, 2017. The federal register notice announcing the examination is available on the Certification Requirements Final Rule page.
View the Housing Counseling: New Certification Requirements Final Rule page for links to the federal register notice, the press release, and information about the exam availability and application process.
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.