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Quarter 2 2021, Volume 9 Issue 2

A Message from David Berenbaum, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Housing Counseling

As we work together to ensure that every individual and family has a safe and stable place to call home during the COVID-19 public health emergency, I would like to express appreciation to each of you for your success and impact in ensuring that renters and homeowners alike make responsible and informed choices to address their unique housing needs.

Your commitment to housing counselor certification by HUD’s “challenge” date of May 31, 2021 – well in advance of the August 1st deadline – is exceptional. As of April 30, 2021:

  • 79 percent of HUD-approved housing counseling agencies have one or more certified housing counselors on-board
  • 76 percent of all housing counselors are now certified
  • 86 percent of all reverse mortgage counselors are certified

Congratulations and well done! Please keep the momentum going – the important role of the housing counseling community to ensure sustainable housing will be critically important in the coming months.

April is Fair Housing Month, and I look forward to speaking with you to celebrate the impact of our work and our commitment to equal housing opportunity so that all our neighbors can live in the housing of their choice free of discrimination. We are making the dream of homeownership – and the security and wealth creation that comes with it – a more equitable reality for all.

As we move forward, the Office of Housing Counseling will work to leverage the full impact of the housing counseling community to make a difference.

Working together, I know we are up to the challenge.


David Berenbaum

David Berenbaum

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Housing Counseling