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The Office of Housing Counseling Bridge Newsletter -
Quarter 2 2021

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Quarter 2 2021, Volume 9 Issue 2

Building Knowledge to Reach Vulnerable Populations

A Message from David Berenbaum

From the Deputy Assistant Secretary

David Berenbaum, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Housing Counseling (OHC), appreciates housing counselors’ commitment to certification by HUD’s “challenge” date of May 31, 2021, to ensure sustainable housing for renters and homeowners alike.

Featured Stories

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Housing Counselor Certification Data Snapshot

This infographic provides a snapshot of housing counseling data for the Housing Counselor Certification Requirements Final Rule.

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Combatting the Wave of COVID-19 Scams with New Outreach and Education Tools

As a housing counselor, equipping clients with the tools they need to spot warning signs, avoid falling victim to scams, and report fraudulent activities to authorities is essential to combatting the fraudulent activity.

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The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma: Serving the Unique Housing Counseling Needs of Tribal Members

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma offers over 160 services to its tribal members focused on culture, education, health, housing, and family.

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The Center for NYC Neighborhood's Black Homeownership Project

The Center for NYC Neighborhood launched the Black Homeownership Project to explore how to strengthen and expand Black homeownership in New York City by drawing on the expertise of housing counselors and community partners.

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MMI: Helping Clients Obtain a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage During the COVID-19 National Emergency

Money Management International (MMI) has experienced an increase in clients seeking a reverse mortgage to supplement their income following job loss or income reduction.

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CFPB Mortgage Forbearance and Reverse Mortgage Resources

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) created resources for housing counselors to help their clients navigate challenging financial topics.

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Housing Stabilization Coalition Forges Partnerships Amid COVID-19 to Prevent Evictions

The Coalition aims to decrease the number of individuals and families at risk of homelessness due to evictions and to prevent an increase in families entering an already overcrowded emergency shelter system.

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Engaging with HUD Multifamily Owners and Managers in Rental Housing Counseling

The partnerships between HUD-approved housing counseling agencies and owners and managers of HUD Multifamily-assisted and FHA Multifamily-insured properties can benefit all stakeholders as they help tenants stay in their rental units through challenging times.

Want to submit an idea for HUD’s annual Housing Counseling Conference?

HUD’s annual housing counseling conference is coming up in August 2021. HCAs and housing counselors are encouraged to submit recommendations for conference topics to with “Annual Meeting 2021” in the subject line.

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Want to share a unique success story about your agency or client?

HUD would enjoy featuring your success story in The Bridge and other HUD Exchange pages! If you want to share the successes of your agency or housing counselors, contact with “Success Story” in the subject line.

Training Digest

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


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