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The Office of Housing Counseling Bridge Newsletter -
Quarter 1 2022

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Quarter 1 2022, Volume 10 Issue 1

Housing Counseling: Making a Difference

A Message from David Berenbaum

From the Deputy Assistant Secretary

David Berenbaum, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Housing Counseling (OHC), reviews OHC's accomplishments in 2022. Highlights include over $50 million in grants awarded to local housing counseling agencies (HCAs), state Housing Finance Agencies, and Intermediaries, as well as expanding the Housing Counseling Federal Advisory Committee to 12 members.


Featured Stories

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Creating Partnerships with MSIs

Partnerships between HCAs and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) promote equal opportunity and racial equity and support the delivery of housing counseling services to underserved individuals.

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Community Partnerships Provide Value in Serving the Homeless

Through local community partnerships, HCAs are well-positioned to play an important role in providing guidance and support to those without permanent housing.

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Pilot Program Brings Help to Hurricane Survivors

OHC's Disaster and Recovery Team (DART) joined forces with four HCAs to provide strategic assistance after Hurricane Ida.

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Law School Students Support HCAs with Eviction Prevention Services

The White House, Department of Justice, HUD, and law schools teamed up on an internship program to deploy law students to HUD-approved HCAs and legal aid organizations, building capacity for preventing evictions in their service areas.

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Oweesta Corporation – An Intermediary on a Mission to Support Native Communities

Oweesta, a newly designated HUD-approved Intermediary, provides housing counseling, financial, and other asset-building products and services primarily to Native communities.

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Mobile Counseling Connects Residents in Rural PA

Integra Housing Counseling, Inc. is launching a mobile housing counseling unit enabling clients to access services regardless of where they live.

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Advisory Committee Welcomes New Members

The Housing Counseling Federal Advisory Committee (HCFAC) welcomed 10 new members, each with a wealth of industry experience and knowledge.

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What’s New with 9902?

The updated 9902 Online Toolkit highlights the revised HUD-Form 9902 as well as the reporting deadline extension for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 First Quarter report.

Highlights

View and Register for upcoming Housing Counseling trainings hosted by HUD and HUD's partners

Explore New Learning Opportunities

OHC offers training and programming to help build skills and enhance the knowledge of HCAs and their counselors. The OHC Training Digest is a valuable resource that provides the latest information on upcoming webinars, conferences, and other exciting learning opportunities.

Celebrate a HUD-Certified Housing Counselor on social media using #HUDcertifiedproud

Celebrating HUD Certified Professional Housing Counselors

This year, OHC is celebrating HUD Certified Professional Housing Counselors and the skill and expertise required to become one. Nominate a certified counselor to be featured in the Bridge Newsletter by posting on social media using #HUDCertifiedProud or emailing thebridge@hud.gov.

Rental Housing Counseling 9902 data change from Fiscal Year 2020 Quarter 4 to Fiscal Year 2021 Quarter 4

Rental Housing Counseling Making an Impact

The 9902 data reported by HCAs from Q4 FY 2020 – Q4 FY 2021 highlights the impact of rental counseling on households across the country.

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