The Office of Housing Counseling Bridge Newsletter


October 2018, Volume 7 Issue 04

Preparing Housing Counselors to Adapt to Seasons of Change

From the Deputy Assistant Secretary

From the Deputy Assistant Secretary

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


Featured Stories

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Intermediary Conference: Helping Families for 50 Years

The Office of Housing Counseling held its annual conference for HUD-approved Intermediaries, State Housing Finance Agencies, and Multi-State Organizations on August 15, 2018.

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How It Connects: Your Agency’s CMS and HUD’s Housing Counseling System

Housing counseling agencies are required to utilize CMS and HCS systems, however that process is not always seamless… or painless!

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The Importance of Timely and Accurate Data in the Housing Counseling System

Having complete and accurate data for participating agencies in HUD’s Housing Counseling Program is critical to manage the program and effectively share trends with all of HUD’s departments and business partners.

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Common Findings and Observations from Performance Review

Learn some of the common findings and observations that HUD Point of Contact encounter during agency reviews.

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News You Can Use: Updates to the Housing Counseling Certification Exam

Effective August 28, 2018, the HUD Housing Counselor Certification Exam has been updated, along with the study materials, to reflect updates in several major programs.

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New Resources for Expanding the Integration of Housing Counseling Technology

The Office of Housing Counseling is excited to launch the new Housing Counseling Technology page on HUD Exchange.

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You are Never Too Old to Own a Home

One of Homeport’s most recent lease-option success stories is Joyce Mayne, who became a first-time homeowner on July 31, 2018 – five days before turning 75.

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New Communication Tools Now Available through the HUD Distribution Center

The Office of Housing Counseling has been hard at work creating communication tools that support our mission of providing trusted housing resources to consumers.


Outreach Materials

Be on the lookout for boxes and poster tubes containing these materials starting this month.

Training Digest

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

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