Let's Make Home Happen

The Office of Housing Counseling Bridge Newsletter -
May 2018

May 2018, Volume 6 Issue 11

Creating a Foundation for Success

From the Deputy Assistant Secretary

From the Deputy Assistant Secretary

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

Featured Stories

E.J. Thomas, HCFAC Chair; Marjorie George, HCFAC Designated Federal Officer (Retired); and Sarah Gerecke, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Housing Counseling

Housing Counseling Federal Advisory Committee

The Housing Counseling Federal Advisory Committee is mandated by Congress to advise HUD about its housing counseling program.

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Tips for Writing and Submitting the Final Grant Report for FY 2017 Grantees

This article provides reminders and tips on how to complete final grant reports for FY 2017 Housing Counseling grantees.

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Housing Counselor Certification: The Role of the FHA Connection Application Coordinator

A housing counselor who passes the Certification Examination will be designated as a HUD Certified Housing Counselor only when the counselor’s agency verifies the individual’s employment.

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Office of Housing Counseling – Webinars and Training

HUD Housing Counseling Program participating housing counseling agencies are encouraged to have their counselors participate in formal training.

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Catholic Charities USA: Disaster Relief and Recovery

Catholic Charities USA is active in all phases of disaster relief, most notably meeting the urgent disaster relief and long-term recovery needs of disaster survivors.

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Everyone Deserves a Safe and Healthy Home

The Office of Housing Counseling and the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes programs work closely together to ensure buyers are aware of and follow steps to maintain a healthy home.

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Home Counselor Online™ (HCO) – The Next Generation

Fannie Mae recently announced a plan to deliver HCO users a new dynamic client management system with state-of-the-art functionality and an improved user experience.

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Knowledge Management: Strategic Alignment of Information Resources

The Office of Housing Counseling is exploring the benefits of a knowledge management system to manage the volumes of paper files accumulated from decades of program administration.

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The Bridge Online: Search Capabilities on the HUD Exchange

The Bridge Online offers many ways to search and find articles.


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Common questions about using FHA Connection during the Housing Counselor Certification process.

Know Before You Go!

The HUD Housing Counselor Certification Exam Checklist.

On the Horizon

Upcoming training opportunities through HUD and its partners based upon this month’s theme.