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May/June 2019, Volume 7 Issue 09

Virginia Housing Development Authority’s Certification Challenge

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Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) has challenged its HUD Housing Counseling network to get certified by July 15, 2019. As part of this effort, they are offering a virtual study group for support and an incentive to counselors who get certified by February 15, 2019 or by July 15, 2019. Individuals who provide counseling services at an agency that receives an FY 2018 HUD grant from VHDA are eligible to participate in the challenge. Participants in the challenge receive gift cards with varied amounts depending on the date they become certified.

We’ve seen an increase in certified counselors and we’re only half way to July!”
Kelly Gill-Gordon, VHDA

Starting in November 2018, VHDA began the virtual study group. It meets twice a month and covers HUD’s certification study guide. The study group specifically covers HUD resources, knowledge checks, and sample questions. VHDA also invites counselors that have passed the exam to offer study tips and encouragement. VHDA is partnering with NeighborWorks to offer a place-based training in April for additional support. VHDA has already seen counselors successfully pass the exam and become certified by February 15, 2019 for the gift card incentives. They will be starting the study group again for those counselors that are going for the July 15, 2019 date. VHDA’s goal is to make sure that each agency in their network has at least one counselor certified by the July date. They have a network of 33 agencies and about 100 counselors; so far, they have 20 counselors certified, representing 20 individual agencies!

For more information, or if you are interested in starting your own study group, contact VHDA at vhdagrants@vhda.com and they will be happy to share their resources.