Let's Make Home Happen
May 2018, Volume 6 Issue 11
The Bridge Online: Search Capabilities on the HUD Exchange
The Bridge Online offers many ways to search and find articles. Simply select “View past issues of The Bridge” to get started. You can search all issues of the newsletter by month or by title in the Archive. To find an article on a specific topic, you can use the HUD Exchange Search bar, which is pre-populated with the search phrase, “Housing Counseling The Bridge.” Simply add keywords such as “counselor exam” to narrow your search. Below are two examples of searches and their top results.
Looking for an article about the Housing Counseling Notice of Funding Availability?
Search “Housing Counseling The Bridge NOFA” and related articles will appear in the search results:
- Preparing for Notice of Funding Availability Applications through Grants.gov – appears first in the search results because it is the most recent article that walks through steps for how to prepare for the Notice of Funding Availability.
- Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) – appears in the results since the article is about Notices of Funding Availability and grant information for previous fiscal years.
Looking for an article about the housing counselor certification exam?
Search “Housing Counseling The Bridge counselor exam” and related articles appear in the search results:
- Office of Housing Counseling Launches Housing Counselor Certification – appears first in the search results because it is the article that provides the most information about the certification exam.
- Office of Housing Counseling Online Training – appears next because the article includes a tip on using the online calculator to practice for the exam.
- Encouraging HUD Certification through Reimbursements – appears because it mentions the housing counselor exam and an example of how the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency is encouraging HUD certification.
- Other items appear in the search results that may be valuable to users, such as PDFs of The Bridge that mention the counselor exam and items from the Housing Counseling minisite that have to do with counselor certification.
As more issues of The Bridge Online become available, there will be more specific articles accessible via the search. However, issues that precede December 2017 are only available in PDF form. You can still search for specific articles from older issues but you will need to browse the PDF to find the article of interest.