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The Office of Housing Counseling Bridge Newsletter

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Quarter 4 2021, Volume 9 Issue 4

Helping Clients Prepare for the Unexpected

A Message from David Berenbaum

From the Deputy Assistant Secretary

David Berenbaum, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Housing Counseling (OHC), emphasizes the critical role housing counselors have in helping at-risk tenants apply for Emergency Rental Assistance funds, counseling homeowners who are struggling to pay their mortgage, and providing critically needed assistance to those impacted by disasters.

Featured Stories

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Leading the Way Through Rental Housing Counseling and Eviction Prevention

HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling is using every tool at its disposal to help safeguard the millions of individuals and families facing rent payment challenges.

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Best Practices: Eviction Prevention Outreach Flyer

The Eviction Prevention Outreach Flyer is a template created for HUD-approved housing counseling agencies to print and post in strategic public places.

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Foreclosure Prevention: Recovery Options

Housing counselors trained in foreclosure prevention are key in helping homeowners thoroughly understand how the COVID-19 recovery options work.

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How to Help Your Clients Prepare for an Emergency

Housing counseling agencies (HCAs) are in a unique position to help their communities prepare for and recover from disasters or local emergencies.

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HUD and FHFA Partner to Advance Fair Housing and Fair Lending Enforcement

HUD and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently entered into a first-of-its-kind collaborative agreement to address fair housing and fair lending practices.

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HBCU Partnerships Help in Building Generational Wealth

The Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Community Action Development Coalition (CDAC) is a nonprofit coalition dedicated to creating programs benefiting students, staff, and residents within the surrounding community of HBCUs.

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Three Case Studies: SHFAs Succeed in Quality Client Service

State Housing Finance Agencies (SHFAs) are important partners working at the state-level to oversee networks of HCAs.

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Learning Pathways: Become a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency

This Learning Pathway helps prospective HCA staff determine whether becoming a HUD-approved HCA is the right choice for their organization.

Fair Housing Conference 2021: What Counselors Need to Know

Join HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling and Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) for its upcoming virtual conference on November 16-17, 2021! Participants will connect with HUD and FHEO on fair housing and what it means for housing counselors.

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Want to share a unique success story about your agency or client?

HUD would enjoy featuring your success story in The Bridge and other HUD Exchange pages! If you want to share the successes of your agency or housing counselors, contact with “Success Story” in the subject line.

Training Digest

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


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