HUD sponsored

National Homeownership Month 2020: Social Distancing and Its Effect on the Housing Industry


June 23, 2020 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT



National Homeownership Month 2020

As part of National Homeownership Month 2020, the Office of Housing Counseling hosted a panel discussion on social distancing and its effect on the housing industry. This virtual discussion explored the innovative concepts the industry is using to meet the challenges and demands posed in this current environment.

Each sector of the housing industry participated on the panel including representatives from housing counseling, real estate, lending, and title companies. This discussion showcased respected individuals in their fields and provided thought-provoking and insightful conversations about social distancing – all with a keen focus on the current and future state of the housing industry.


  • Lending: Kathy Cummings, Senior Vice President, Homeownership Solutions and Strategic Relationships, Bank of America
  • Real Estate: Mabél Guzmán, Broker, @properties in Chicago and 2020 Vice President, Association Affairs, National Association of REALTORS®
  • Housing Counseling: Dan Ellis, Executive Director, Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, Inc. (NHS)
  • Title Company: Diane Tomb, CEO, American Land Title Association

HUD Secretary Ben Carson provided opening remarks. HUD Deputy Secretary Brian Montgomery discussed HUD's role in helping homeowners in this environment. Acting Assistant Secretary for Housing – Federal Housing Commissioner Len Wolfson introduced himself to housing counselors and other industry stakeholders. Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Housing Counseling Danberry Carmon served as Emcee and provided introductions.

National Homeownership Month 2020


Tags: Housing Counseling Program