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HUD awards nearly $43 million in housing counseling grants

WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 4, 2019: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $42.8 million in housing counseling grants to help approximately one million US-Americans make more informed housing choices, keep their current homes, or receive assistance to help them avoid foreclosure.
 

Nearly half of the state and local counseling agencies awarded HUD grants received preference because they will provide counseling to individuals and families within designated Opportunity Zones (see attached list).

"HUD-approved housing counseling agencies are on the front lines of helping individuals and families to find affordable rental housing or make more informed homeownership choices," said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. "The funding we announce today will help families to realize their dreams-whether it's owning a home, avoiding foreclosure, or finding an affordable place to rent."

These grants will directly support the housing counseling services provided by 207 HUD-approved local housing counseling agencies, national and regional organizations, and state housing finance agencies (SHFAs). 

Grant recipients will provide services to address a full range of housing counseling needs. This includes assisting homebuyers in evaluating their readiness for a home purchase and navigating through the homebuying process. The organizations also help households find affordable rental housing, offer financial literacy training to individuals and families, and provide foreclosure prevention counseling to help homeowners facing delinquency or default to understand their options for avoiding foreclosure.

In addition to providing counseling to homeowners and renters, these organizations assist homeless persons in finding transitional housing and help seniors determine whether a reverse mortgage makes sense for them.

There are many ways to locate a HUD-approved housing counseling agency. Visit HUD's website or call (800) 569-4287 for our interactive telephone directory. Watch HUD's video on how housing counseling can help families find (and keep) housing.

Housing Counseling Grants in Opportunity Zones

Created under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Opportunity Zones aim to stimulate long-term investments in low-income communities by offering significant capital gains tax relief to those who invest in these distressed areas. This initiative is anticipated to spur $100 billion in private capital investment in Opportunity Zones. Incentivizing investment in low-income communities fosters economic revitalization, job creation, and promotes sustainable economic growth across the nation, especially in communities HUD serves. Applicants seeking funding under HUD's Housing Counseling grant program receive bonus points to further drive public investment to these areas.

The following is a state-by-state breakdown of the funding announced today:

Fiscal Year 2019 Housing Counseling Grants

State

Recipient

City

Amount

Michigan

Bay Area Housing, Inc D/B/A Community Home Solutions*

Bay City

$27,119

 

Community Action Agency*

Jackson

$27,668

 

Grand Rapids Urban League*

Grand Rapids

$27,389

 

Greenpath, Inc.*

Farmington Hills

$2,136,790

 

Housing Services Mid-Michigan (Formerly Housing Services for Eaton County)*

Charlotte

$30,824

 

Michigan State Housing Development Authority

Lansing

$644,716

 

Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency, Inc

Traverse City

$33,981

 

Oakland County Housing Counseling

Pontiac

$43,035

 

Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency

Pontiac

$22,314

 

 

Michigan Total

$2,993,836

Ohio

Community Housing Solutions*

Cleveland

$23,823

 

Countycorp

Dayton

$37,135

 

Fair Housing Contact Service

Akron

$30,682

 

Fair Housing Resource Center*

Painesville

$31,234

 

West Ohio Community Action Partnership

Lima

$21,626

 

Working in Neighborhoods

Cincinnati

$24,372

 

Wsos Community Action Commission, Inc.

Fremont

$14,075

 

Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority

Youngstown

$19,568

 

Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp.

Youngstown

$25,471

 

 

Ohio Total

$227,986

 

 

 

 
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