The Office of Housing Counseling Bridge Newsletter


July/August 2019, Volume 7 Issue 10

Turn Knowledge into Power

From the Deputy Assistant Secretary

Sarah Gerecke Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Housing Counseling (OHC) covers what’s in this month’s issue.


Featured Stories

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Housing Counseling Federal Advisory Committee Meets New Members

On May 22, the Housing Counseling Federal Advisory Committee met with seven new members and four returning members.

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Combatting Foreclosures with HUD Resources

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) works to halt and reverse the losses represented by foreclosure for the forward mortgages FHA insures.

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Striving Towards Improved Data Quality

In its continuous effort to improve data quality, OHC recently implemented data quality alerts during its newest Housing Counseling System (HCS) Improvement Release in June 2019.

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Elder Financial Exploitation

Elder financial exploitation, defined as any action involving the misuse of an older person’s funds or property for one’s own person benefit, is a growing, global problem with devastating consequences for the victims and their loved ones.

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Client Counseling and Group Education Files

Learn about a client counseling file, the individual file for each client counseled and maintained by the housing counseling agency, and a group education file, a separate confidential file for each course provided.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Client Files and Recordkeeping

Find answers to client file questions that are not specifically addressed in the Handbook 7610.1, Rev 5.

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From the Depths of Debt to Financial Freedom

When Angela Huss decided to seek housing counseling in February 2016, she wasn’t sure homeownership would ever be possible.

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Mythbusters Q&A: Housing Counseling Certification

Read questions and answers from the Housing Counseling Program Certification: HUD Exchange Resources webinar.

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Supporting a Family, Saving a Home

In August 2018, with nowhere to turn, Frank Welch III sought help at Cecil County Housing and Community Development, a division of the county’s Department of Community Services. HUD-certified housing counselor Joyce Van Zile got to work right away.

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Housing Counseling Agencies Expand Reach at HUD’s Innovative Housing Showcase

HUD kicked off Homeownership Month with the Innovative Housing Showcase, a first-of-its-kind event designed to highlight the latest in affordable housing design, materials, and techniques.

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Building Tomorrow Together: A Conference on the Future of Housing Counseling

OHC hosted Building Tomorrow Together, a conference that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Housing Counseling Program and looked to the future of the industry.

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Searching for Resources is Easy on the HUD Exchange!

Looking for housing counseling resources, announcements, and training? Searching on the HUD Exchange provides Housing Counseling program pages and resources in a matter of seconds!


Training Digest

View upcoming training opportunities through HUD and its partners in the Training Digest.

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