HUD sponsored

Increasing Access to Pre-Purchase Counseling Symposium: Scaling Pre-Purchase Housing Counseling


July 26, 2022 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT



In this symposium, representatives from the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA), Fannie Mae, UnidosUS discussed the critical elements of increasing access to pre-purchase housing counseling, including:

  • CalHFA: Down payment assistance
  • UnidosUS: Fee-for-service pilot projects
  • Fannie Mae: Commitment to pre-purchase counseling and education

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) also provided an update on the Government Sponsored Enterprise (GSE) equitable housing plans. Housing counseling agencies (HCAs) learned how to develop strategies to scale pre-purchase counseling programs and build fee for service business models that better support making pre-purchase housing counseling more widely available.

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  • David Berenbaum, Deputy Assistant Secretary, HUD Office of Housing Counseling (OHC)
  • Julia Gordon, Commissioner, FHA
  • Todd Richardson, General Deputy Assistant Secretary, PD&R
  • Sid Alvarado, Lead Housing Counseling Specialist, ICF
  • Leda Bloomfield, Branch Chief, Coordination and Compliance, Office of Fair Lending Oversight, FHFA
  • Gregory McDonald, Advisor, Affordable Lending, Fannie Mae
  • Lautaro “Lot” Diaz, Vice President, Housing & Financial Empowerment, UnidosUS
  • Hermond Palmer, Vice President of Outreach and Inclusion, National Foundation for Credit Counseling
  • Eric Johnson, Information Officer II, CalHFA


Participants learned about:

  • Federal perspectives on racial equity and access to pre-purchase housing counseling
  • Strategies for scaling pre-purchase counseling and fee for service business models

Who Should Attend?

This session was intended for HCAs and FHA Single Family Housing stakeholders.

Additional Information

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