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 the final compliance date, August 1, 2021.
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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.
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HUD recently launched a free HUD Certified Housing Counselor Knowledge Assessment Tool:
Press Release: Housing Counseling New Certification Requirements Final Rule (December 14, 2016)
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HUD Housing Counseling Certification and PIH - July 12, 2018
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For upcoming trainings and webinars related to Housing Counselor Certification, visit the Housing Counseling Training Digest.