Housing Counseling Weekly Training Digest

The Housing Counseling Training Digest is updated weekly to reflect training sessions hosted by:

  • HUD Office of Housing Counseling (OHC)
  • OHC funded training partners
  • Other partners that host training sessions of interest to housing counselors

Please email housing.counseling@hud.gov to notify HUD about upcoming training and events for housing counselors.

Content current as of October 18, 2021

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Upcoming Training Calendar

View upcoming training sessions for Housing Counseling and other HUD funded programs.


Webinar Archive

View past webinars hosted by the Office of Housing Counseling and access related materials.

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Online Training

Access self-paced online training modules, such as Introduction to Housing Counseling.

HUD Office of Housing Counseling Training

Save the Date: OHC and FHEO Conference | Fair Housing 2021: What Counselors Need to Know: November 16-17, 2021

Through two days of engaging and interactive sessions participants will connect with HUD and FHEO on fair housing and what it means for housing counselors. View the Fair Housing 2021: What Counselors Need to Know Conference page for more information.

Federal Partner Training of Interest

NFHTA Forum | Combating Housing-Related Harassment and Hate Crimes Against the AANHPI Community: October 20, 2021

This forum will focus on fair housing tools to combat housing-related harassment and hate crimes against the Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community. The forum will provide information about the recent nature and extent of harassment and violence against the AANHPI community; outline the potential mental health consequences of such actions; specify how harassment and hate crimes may violate fair housing laws; and provide strategies and tools that fair housing practitioners and attorneys can utilize to investigate and combat harassment and hate crimes against the AANHPI community. The forum is on October 20, 2021 at 2:00 PM EDT. Register Today!

OHC Funded Partner Training Sessions

NeighborWorks Training Institutes (NTIs) are topic and skill focused classes with 10-30 fellow learners. Each NTI offers a selection of more than 100 courses, a one-day symposium, free after-course workshops on innovative tools and methods, and peer networking opportunities. Inquire with NeighborWorks about scholarship opportunities.

View NeighborWorks Resources for Natural Disaster Relief.

NeighborWorks Self-guided Courses

Self-guided courses provide a comprehensive overview in a variety of subject matter areas. The courses take approximately 2-4 hours of online time to complete, and registrants have 60 days following registration to manage the time. Participants will walk away with real skills and continuing education credits. All self-guided courses cost $195.

Upcoming Virtual Training

Date Topic
October 19, 2021 Designing and Delivering Financial Capability Programs Virtually: How to Engage Your Clients Virtually
October 20, 2021 Designing and Delivering Financial Capability Programs Virtually: How to Set Up Your Program for Success
October 21, 2021 Using an Equity Lens in Financial Coaching Approaches
October 21, 2021 Remote Homeownership Counseling during Desperate Times
October 26, 2021 Counseling Solutions for Vulnerable Populations and Homelessness in Times of Crisis
October 27, 2021 Rental Counseling and Eviction Preventions in Times of Crisis
October 28, 2021 Protecting Credit and Avoiding Scams During COVID-19

View more information about self-guided courses.

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition and its grassroots member organizations create opportunities for people to build wealth. We work with community leaders, policymakers, and financial institutions to champion fairness in banking, housing, and business. NCRC’s National Training Academy offers state-of-the-art training and technical assistance online via webinars and instructor-led. Our mission is to provide a comprehensive training program that meets the needs of organizations committed to increasing access to credit in communities.

NCRC’s new learning management system is live! This new system is designed with the housing counselor in mind, offering a more robust experience for every kind of learner. View instructions on how to access learning management system. For any questions please contact training@ncrc.org.

View the following new recorded courses:

National Assistance Corporation of America (NACA) and Housing Action Illinois created the National Housing Counseling Training Camp to deliver high-quality, in-person, and online education and training to HUD-approved housing counseling agencies.

View upcoming webinars and events. For more information, visit the NACA website or call (425) 602-6222.

The UnidosUS Learning Alliance (ULA) is a national training and certification program for housing counselors. ULA courses are developed in collaboration with UnidosUS Wealth and Housing Alliance (UWHA) housing counseling agencies located in major cities and rural communities.

Contact learning@unidosus.org for more information. Apply for a scholarship. Sign up for UnidosUS listserv messages.

View the training calendar to register for other upcoming training sessions.

For registration questions, contact the Training Department:
Phone: (916) 447-9832 x 1429
Email: registration@rcac.org

For content questions, contact Debie Baranchulk:
Phone: (916) 447-9832 x 1019
Email: dbaranchulk@rcac.org

Scholarships for on-site classes are available to those employed by a HUD-approved counseling agency.

View more information on registration, fees, or scholarships.

Upcoming Virtual Training

Date Topic
October 26, 2021 Loss Mitigation Updates
October 28, 2021 Take the Mystery out of the 9902

Other Training Partner Training Sessions

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Membership is free and all CreditSmart® webinars are free. Cost to attend other webinars is $50 each. Membership is required to register for webinars. Most webinars have a short online test afterwards to get continued education hours' credit and Certificates of Completion. To see all posted webinars, please go to the DRN Shopping Cart. At this time, scholarships are not available.

Free Upcoming Webinar Sessions

Free Recorded Webinar Videos

Ubuntu Institute of Learning

The Ubuntu Institute of Learning is hosting bootcamps and live question and answer (Q&A) sessions to help housing counselors prepare for the HUD Housing Counselor Certification Exam.


The Organizations Preparing for Emergency Needs (OPEN) training is designed to empower community-based organizations to better prepare for incidents with ten preparedness actions and guidance on developing disaster response plans. OPEN includes both a self-guided training and a downloadable instructor kit that guides participants on how to identify risks, locate resources, and take preparedness actions.

FEMA offers free self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public.

FEMA also offers a weekly podcast on disaster planning. The FEMA Podcast is an audio program series available to anyone interested in learning more about the agency, hearing about innovation in the field of emergency management, and listening to stories about communities and individuals recovering after disasters.

FEMA National Exercise Program

FEMA is accepting requests for exercise support through the National Exercise Program. State, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions can request no-cost assistance for exercise design, development, conduct, and evaluation to validate capabilities across all mission areas. To submit a request for exercise support, download the nomination form, then email the completed form with any supporting documentation to NEP@fema.dhs.gov. Fall 2021 requests for support are due no later than November 1, 2021 and awardees will be notified by December 10, 2021. FEMA will hold additional exercise support rounds in the spring and fall of 2022.

For questions, contact FEMA at NEP@fema.dhs.gov.


FHFA presented a Duty to Serve Overview Video. The Duty to Serve (DTS) requires Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to facilitate a secondary market for mortgages on housing for very low-, low-, and moderate-income families in: Manufactured housing, Affordable housing preservation, and Rural housing. Watch the video.

Housing Action Illinois

For information on training sessions, contact Housing Action Illinois via email or view the training calendar.


Access the free, self-paced online housing course, Smart About Money, to learn about a variety of housing topics.


ASC provides federal oversight of state appraiser and appraisal management company (AMC) regulatory programs.

Webinar Sessions and Events

ASC Fall 2021 Roundtable: Building a More Equitable Appraisal System: Materials Coming Soon

For more information on upcoming events, visit ASC's meetings page.

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The U.S. Census Bureau's Census Academy training hub posts video resources and hosts webinars to help users learn data skills. View Upcoming Webinars to view and attend their current training offerings.

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Virginia has been awarded more than $258 million by the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) for a homeowner assistance program to help borrowers that have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and meet other program requirements. We will be administering the Virginia Mortgage Relief Program (MRP) on behalf of the state. Treasury must approve our MRP plan before the program can be fully launched, in the meantime, Treasury is allowing Virginia Housing to use 10 percent of the funds immediately for administrative setup costs and to launch a pilot program for borrowers in Virginia Housing’s loan portfolio.

Virginia Housing knows the HUD Approved Housing Counseling Network is critical to borrowers in need. We would like to take the opportunity to tell you about the pilot program and get your feedback about the upcoming statewide program. Please join us for a WebEx to learn more and provide your valuable input.

Virginia Housing has posted training videos for nonprofit agencies and consumers. Visit their YouTube channel to view all their current training offerings for housing counseling.


The Single Family Housing Direct Loan Division is excited to announce four new webinar training sessions which have been posted to the Forms and Resources page:

  • Determining Annual, Adjusted, and Repayment Income
  • Credit Requirements
  • How to Become an Intermediary
  • The Role of the Intermediary

For questions regarding training please contact Tammy Repine of the USDA RD Single Family Housing Direct Loan Division at: (360) 753-7677 or at: tammy.repine@wdc.usda.gov.

Other Available USDA Training Sessions


JCHS hosts seminars, lectures, and panel discussions to bring together housing practitioners, researchers, and policymakers.

Upcoming Webinar Sessions

View the JCHS calendar for events and training sessions.


FHA webinars are open to FHA-approved servicers and FHA-approved housing counselors. A valid company email address and FHA 5-digit lender and/or agency ID are required at the time of registration.

View upcoming Single Family Housing events and training sessions.

For additional information, please email: stacey.a.brown@hud.gov.


CFPB Financial Education Exchange (FinEx) is a place where financial educators, practitioners, counselors, researchers, and others can share information and best practices, learn from one another, advance their work, and see what CFPB is doing to help consumers.

For more information on training sessions, visit the CFPB FinEx.


Learn strategies to enhance community and organizational development as well as successful capacity building for your community, organization, or business from HUD Professional Staff working with the Faith and Opportunity Initiative.


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