The Housing Counseling Certification Requirements Final 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 by August 1, 2020.
The following is a presentation provided at the HUD Intermediary meeting on August 15, 2018. The intended audience for this presentation is HUD intermediaries, however, local housing counseling agencies may benefit from the information provided.
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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. With these certification requirements, the benefits to the renter, the prospective homebuyer, or the existing homeowner are increased assurance of a more knowledgeable housing counselor providing more effective housing counseling services. HUD expects that more knowledgeable housing counselors will lead to better identification of housing issues, more knowledgeable referrals and resolution of barriers, and a greater ability to avoid scams.
The rule provides guidance for agencies who are required to have housing counseling certified staff as well as regulations prohibiting the distribution of HUD Housing Counseling Program grant funds to agencies convicted of election law violations or misusing those funds in a manner that constitutes a material violation of HUD requirements.
If you have questions that are not addressed in our FAQs and need further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Please put in the Subject line “Housing Counseling Certification Rule” and, if applicable, the name of the HUD program you are inquiring about (e.g., Subject: Housing Counseling Certification Rule – ROSS).
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View the frequently asked questions as a one stop shop for all your inquiries regarding the final rule. Search for the FAQs by topic:
July 12, 2018: HUD Housing Counseling Certification and PIH
December 11, 2017: Role of FHA Connection Coordinator
Additional Final Rule trainings are available in the Webinar Archive.