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The Office of Housing Counseling Bridge Newsletter -
May/June 2019

May/June 2019, Volume 7 Issue 09

Transforming Our Program

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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Tips for Passing the Certification Exam on the First Try

Read how about 2 Catholic Charities counselors passed the HUD Housing Counselor Certification exam.

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HECM Housing Counseling Update: FIT Tool No Longer Available

National Counsel on Aging’s Financial Interview Tool (FIT) is no longer available to assist Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) Roster Counselors.

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From Affordable Housing Tenant to Homeowner

Learn about Ricardo Torres’ journey from affordable housing tenant to homeowner.

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Pulling Together to Preserve Homeownership

For more than a decade, the nonprofit alliance HOPE NOW has been helping homeowners in times of crisis.

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Oversight Priorities: Fiscal Year 2019

In 2019, the Office of Housing Counseling is focusing on the following areas to strengthen the program, improve oversight, and reduce risk.

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Working Together to Protect Housing Counseling Funds

The Office of Housing Counseling responds to any possibility of intentional actions that result in the misuse of grant funds.

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Virginia Housing Development Authority’s Certification Challenge

Virginia Housing Development Authority is challenging and supporting its HUD Housing Counseling network to get certified by July 15, 2019.

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From the Field: A Rural Agency’s Approach to Certification

Over the last year, NeighborImpact has been working to prepare its housing counselors for HUD’s Housing Counseling Certification Exam. So far, two have passed!

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Building the Vision for the Next 50 Years

The Office of Housing Counseling is concluding a yearlong celebration of its milestone 50th anniversary with the Building Tomorrow Together event.

Communication Tools

View the Office of Housing Counseling's new, free communication tools.


Read questions and answers to housing counseling questions that inquiring minds want to know.

Training Digest

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