On August 9, 2022, the hashtag campaign, #HUDCertifiedProud, launched during the 2022 Community Conference. This page provides operational guidance for Housing Counseling Agencies (HCAs).
Encourage and Recognize
This campaign is intended to encourage and recognize housing counselors who have achieved HUD certification and educate others about the professionalization of housing counseling. HUD certified housing counselors serve a key role in supporting clients and communities through every step in the housing journey; from achieving the dream of homeownership to maintaining safe, stable housing, to helping those facing eviction or foreclosure.
Housing Counselor Certification
HUD certified housing counselors are now credentialed just like other housing industry professionals such as realtors, appraisers, etc. The Housing Counselor Certification is required under Section 106 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, as amended by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The Section 106 amendment aims to strengthen and improve the effectiveness of housing counseling that is required under or provided in connection with HUD programs by requiring counseling to be delivered by HUD certified housing counselors, among other measures.
How to Get Involved
What is a Hashtag?
Social media contains countless numbers of images and words or phrases which are difficult to track on their own. Hashtags can be created to measure how specific topics are being used across the internet. Essentially a word or phrase preceded with a “#” allows any social network to make it discoverable to everyone, even if they’re not your friends or followers. Additionally, hashtags are then tracked by number of times used and by person, organization, etc. which helps to determine its overall reach in social media.