Quarter 4 2020, Volume 8 Issue 4
2020 Housing Counseling Intermediary Virtual Education and Networking Conference
In September 2020, HUD hosted the 2020 Housing Counseling Intermediary Virtual Education and Networking Conference. Through four engaging and interactive sessions over two days, participants connected with HUD and each other on Housing Counseling Program updates and best practices.
- Plenary: Updates from HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling: The conference began with a welcome from Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner Dana Wade and Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Housing Counseling Danberry Carmon. The remainder of the session focused on Housing Counseling Program updates, with an emphasis on housing counselor certification. HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling staff provided updates and answered questions:
- Brian Siebenlist, Director, Office of Policy and Grant Administration
- Phyllis Ford, Deputy Director, Office of Oversight and Accountability
- Jerrold H. Mayer, Director, Office of Outreach and Capacity Building
- Partnering with the Financial Literacy Education Commission (FLEC): Panelists from FLEC covered the commission’s purpose and partnership with HUD and other federal agencies. Participants learned about the benefits of FLEC for housing counseling agencies and clients.
- COVID-19 Lessons Learned and Beneficial Resources: This session shared innovative virtual solutions for providing housing counseling remotely, as well as information on fraud and scams, the impact of the CARES Act on housing counseling, and foreclosure and eviction prevention.
- Connecting EnVision Centers and Housing Counseling Agencies: Presenters from HUD EnVision Centers highlighted the effective partnerships they have built in communities across the country. Intermediaries and subgrantees shared how they have collaborated with EnVision Centers to better serve their clients.
Visit the HUD Exchange to access recordings and other materials from each session.