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HUD AWARDS NEARLY $43 MILLION IN HOUSING COUNSELING GRANTS

HUD AWARDS NEARLY $43 MILLION IN HOUSING COUNSELING GRANTS

Funding intended to help families find and keep their homes

WASHINGTON – (RealEstateRama) – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $42.8 million in housing counseling grants to help approximately one million 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). Read a comprehensive summary of each housing counseling grant.

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
Alabama Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama, Inc. Florence $26,979
Community Action Partnership of North Alabama, Inc. Decatur $28,627
Community Action Partnership, Huntsville/Madison & Limestone Counties, Inc Huntsville $22,585
Community Service Programs of West Alabama, Inc. Tuscaloosa $32,472
United Way of Central Alabama, Inc. Birmingham $450,446
Alabama Total $561,109
Arkansas Northwest Regional Housing Authority Harrison $16,272
  Southern Bancorp Community Partners* Little Rock $27,529
  Universal Housing Development Corporation Russellville $26,020
Arkansas Total $69,821
California Asian Incorporated San Francisco $42,491
  City of Vacaville Department of Housing Services Vacaville $20,666
  Consumer Credit Counseling Services of San Francisco* Concord $695,828
  Credit.Org Riverside $307,019
  Eden Council for Hope and Opportunity (Echo) Hayward $25,000
  Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California San Rafael $26,430
  Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc Riverside $38,646
  Habitat for Humanity, Stanislaus County Modesto $22,724
  National Association of Real Estate Brokers-Investment Division, Inc* Oakland $1,129,222
  Pacific Community Services, Inc.* Pittsburg $17,166
  Project Sentinel Milpitas $67,316
  Rural Community Assistance Corporation* West Sacramento $713,236
  San Francisco Housing Development Corporation San Francisco $41,392
California Total $3,147,136
Colorado Colorado Housing and Finance Authority* Denver $532,390
Connecticut Community Renewal Team, Inc. Hartford $19,568
  Connecticut Housing Finance Authority* Rocky Hill $140,723
Connecticut Total $160,291
District of Columbia Housing Counseling Services, Incorporated (HSC, Inc.) * Washington $129,364
Marshall Heights Community Development Organization* Washington $25,471
  National CAPACD Washington $421,199
  National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Inc. Washington $988,833
  National Foundation for Credit Counseling, Inc.* Washington $876,867
  Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp. dba Neighborworks America* Washington $3,000,000
  Unidos US* Washington $1,930,487
D.C. Total $7,372,221
Florida Adopt A Hurricane Family, Inc. dba Crisis Housing Solutions Davie $10,230
  Affordable Homeownership Foundation Inc Fort Myers $35,487
  Broward County Housing Authority Lauderdale Lakes $12,976
  Community Enterprise Investments, Incorporated Pensacola $12,427
  Community Housing Initiative, Inc Melbourne $22,036
  Comprehensive Housing Resources, Inc. Port Charlotte $22,036
  Consolidated Credit Solutions, Inc. Plantation $65,471
  Credit Card Mgmt Svcs, Inc dba Reversemortgagehelper.Org and Debthelper.Com West Palm Beach $185,814
  Debt Management Credit Counseling Corp.* Lighthouse Point $110,594
  Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, Inc.* Jacksonville $15,583
  Home Ownership Resource Center of Lee County* Fort Myers $24,921
  Housing Authority of the City of Ft. Myers* Fort Myers $13,936
  Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. Jacksonville $22,929
  Lee County Housing Development Corporation Fort Myers $21,626
  Mid-Florida Housing Partnership, Inc. Daytona Beach $32,130
  Ocala Housing Authority Ocala $48,525
  Opa-Locka Community Development Corporation Opa Locka $29,177
  Solita’s House Inc Tampa $35,629
  St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners St Augustine $25,610
  Step Up Suncoast, Inc. F/K/A Manatee Community Action Agency, Inc. Sarasota $16,272
  Tallahassee Urban League, Inc Tallahassee $18,330
  Tampa Bay Community Development Corporation Clearwater $39,334
  The Agriculture and Labor Program, Inc. Lake Alfred $12,427
  West Palm Beach Housing Authority West Palm Beach $18,775
Florida Total $852,275
Georgia Affordable Housing Enterprises, Inc. Griffin $16,133
  Appalachian Housing and Redevelopment Corporation* Rome $19,568
  Area Committee to Improve Opportunities Now, Inc. Athens $16,272
  City of Albany, Georgia Albany $17,371
  Georgia Housing and Finance Authority* Atlanta $721,169
  Operation Hope, Inc* Atlanta $412,490
  Refugee Family Assistance Program Stone Mountain $25,336
  Summech Community Development Corporation, Inc.* Atlanta $17,781
Georgia Total $1,246,120
Hawaii Habitat for Humanity Maui, Inc* Wailuku $19,568
  Legal Aid Society of Hawaii Honolulu $22,934
Hawaii Total $42,502
Idaho Idaho Housing and Finance Association Boise $261,978
Illinois Housing Action Illinois* Chicago $1,200,141
  Macoupin County Housing Authority Carlinville $20,117
  Smart Money Housing aka Smart Women Smart Money* Chicago $45,698
  Springfield Housing Authority Springfield $15,174
  Will County Center for Community Concerns Joliet $33,739
Illinois Total $1,314,869
Indiana City of Bloomington – Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND)* Bloomington $10,000
  Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corporation* Mitchell $20,527
  Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority* Indianapolis $113,680
  Lincoln Hills Development Corporation* Tell City $19,568
Indiana Total $163,775
Iowa Center for Siouxland Sioux City $40,640
  Eastern Iowa Regional Housing Authority Dubuque $14,624
  Family Management Financial Solutions, Inc. Waterloo $30,824
  Home Opportunities Made Easy, Inc. (Home, Inc.)* Des Moines $21,142
  Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency* Muscatine $17,166
Iowa Total $124,396
Kentucky Campbellsville Housing and Redevelopment Authority* Campbellsville $19,019
  KCEOC Community Action Partnership, Inc. Gray $18,469
  Kentucky Housing Corporation* Frankfort $206,107
  Live the Dream Development, Inc* Bowling Green $14,075
Kentucky Total $257,670
Louisiana Louisiana Housing Corporation Baton Rouge $580,206
Maine Maine State Housing Authority Augusta $29,021
Maryland Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission, Inc* Cumberland $22,314
  Arundel Community Development Service Inc Annapolis $29,587
  Centro De Apoyo Familiar – Center for Assistance Families* Riverdale $62,081
  Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc Baltimore $23,274
  Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Maryland and Delaware, Inc.* Columbia $392,706
  Diversified Housing Development, Inc. Windsor Mill $26,227
  Frederick Community Action Agency (FCAA) Frederick $34,530
  Garwyn Oaks Northwest Housing Resource Center, Inc Baltimore $23,620
  Hagerstown Neighborhood Development Partnership, Inc.(HNDP) Hagerstown $27,119
  Harford County Housing Agency Bel Air $41,390
  Home Partnership, Inc. (HPI) Joppa $29,726
  Homefree – U S A* Riverdale $1,918,848
  Housing Initiative Partnership, Inc. (HIP)* Hyattsville $72,628
  Shore Up!, Inc Salisbury $15,174
  Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Hughesville $29,181
  Washington County Community Action Council (WCCAC)* Hagerstown $32,535
Maryland Total $2,780,940
Massachusetts Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. Boston $23,134
  Catholic Social Services – Fall River* Fall River $33,432
  Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association, Inc.* Boston $628,335
  Community Service Network, Inc.* Stoneham $26,837
  Neighborhood Stabilization Corporation (NACA Counseling Subsidiary) Boston $2,579,917
  Pro-Home, Inc.* Taunton $20,527
  Springfield Partners for Community Action, Inc.* Springfield $16,821
  The Housing Partnership Network* Boston $596,921
Massachusetts Total $3,925,924
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
Minnesota Catholic Charities Diocese of St. Cloud* Saint Cloud $44,338
  Minnesota Homeownership Center* Saint Paul $600,696
  Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc.* Saint Paul $36,449
Minnesota Total $681,483
Mississippi Housing Education and Economic Development, Inc. Jackson $30,890
Mississippi Home Corporation* Jackson $286,152
  Mississippi Homebuyer Education Center* Jackson $294,910
Mississippi Total $611,952
Missouri Community Services League of Jackson County* Independence $32,194
  Housing Options Provided for the Elderly (HOPE)* University City $174,988
  Neighborhood Housing Services of Kansas City, Inc Kansas City $15,174
  Youth Education and Health in Soulard Saint Louis $25,329
Missouri Total $247,685
Montana Montana Homeownership Network dba Neighborworks Montana* Great Falls $443,184
Nebraska Blue Valley Community Action Inc.* Fairbury $23,823
  Credit Advisors Foundation* Omaha $127,604
  Family Housing Advisory Services, Inc. Omaha $44,000
  High Plains Community Development Corporation Chadron $45,092
Nebraska Total $240,519
New Hampshire New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority* Bedford $176,256
New Jersey Consumer Credit and Budget Counseling, dba National Foundation for Debt Management* Marmora $158,547
  Garden State Consumer Credit Counseling, Inc. D/B/A/ Navicore Solutions* Manalapan $556,769
  Housing & Community Development Network of New Jersey Trenton $288,223
  Housing Authority of the City of Paterson* Paterson $16,272
  New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency* Trenton $250,530
  North Hudson Community Action Corporation Union City $16,272
  Senior Citizens United Community Services of Camden County, Inc. Audubon $32,740
New Jersey Total $1,319,353
New York Allegany County Community Opportunities and Rural Development (Accord) Corp.* Belmont $39,334
  Center for New York City Neighborhoods New York $34,661
  Greater Sheepshead Bay Development Corporation Brooklyn $10,230
  National Urban League* New York $871,183
  New York Mortgage Coalition, Inc.* New York $370,944
  New York State Housing Finance Agency* Albany $953,521
  Niagara Falls Neighborhood Housing Services Niagara Falls $17,920
  Pathstone Corporation* Rochester $289,495
  Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation Far Rockaway $15,174
  Strycker’s Bay Neighborhood Council, Inc. New York $11,878
New York Total $2,614,340
North Carolina Chatham County Housing Authority Siler City $15,723
  Housing Authority of the City of Greensboro* Greensboro $28,627
  Housing Authority of the City of High Point High Point $17,576
  North Carolina Housing Coalition Raleigh $764,695
  Telamon Corporation* Raleigh $394,964
  Twin Rivers Opportunities, Inc. New Bern $24,921
  Western Piedmont Council of Governments Hickory $40,701
North Carolina Total $1,287,207
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
Oklahoma Community Action Agency of Oklahoma City and Oklahoma/Canadian Counties, Inc. Oklahoma City $15,000
Community Development Support Association Enid $15,174
  Housing Authority of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma* Hugo $44,409
  Housing Partners of Tulsa, Incorporated Tulsa $30,275
  Quickcert, Inc. Tulsa $128,486
Oklahoma Total $233,344
Oregon Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, Inc.* La Grande $21,216
  Housing Authority of Yamhill County McMinnville $23,823
  Open Door Counseling Center* Hillsboro $41,736
Oregon Total $86,775
Pennsylvania Hispanic Association of Contractors and Enterprises* Philadelphia $47,444
  Intercommunity Action, Inc. D/B/A Interact, Journey’s Way Philadelphia $15,583
  Mon Valley Initiative* Homestead $605,606
  Nueva Esperanza, Inc.* Philadelphia $633,037
  Pennsylvania Community Real Estate Corp. D/B/A Tenant Union Representative Network (T.U.R.N.) Philadelphia $33,815
  Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency* Harrisburg $1,622,362
  Westmoreland Community Action Greensburg $20,734
Pennsylvania Total $2,978,581
Rhode Island Providence Housing Authority* Providence $18,469
South Carolina Charleston Trident Urban League, Inc. Charleston $24,372
  Greenville County Human Relations Commission* Greenville $39,332
  Southeastern Housing Foundation* Orangeburg $30,824
South Carolina Total $94,528
South Dakota South Dakota Housing Development Authority Pierre $213,520
Tennessee Clinch-Powell Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc.* Rutledge $24,921
  Eastern Eight Community Development Corp.* Johnson City $31,784
  Tennessee Housing Development Agency Nashville $186,978
  West Tennessee Legal Services, Incorporated* Jackson $789,130
Tennessee Total $1,032,813
Texas Austin Habitat for Humanity Austin $22,890
  City of San Antonio/Dept of Neighborhood and Housing Services (DNHS) San Antonio $26,430
  Easter Seals of Greater Houston, Inc. Houston $28,488
  Money Management International Inc. Sugar Land $1,118,715
  North & East Lubbock Community Development Corporation Lubbock $11,915
  Waco Community Development Corporation Waco $23,823
Texas Total $1,232,261
Utah Community Action Services* Provo $21,216
  Utah State University – Family Life Center – HFC* Logan $42,630
Utah Total $63,846
Virginia Catholic Charities USA* Alexandria $936,211
  Virginia Housing Development Authority* Richmond $1,169,727
Virginia Total $2,105,938
Virgin Islands Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority* St Thomas $49,964
Vermont Bennington-Rutland Opportunity Council, Inc. (BROC)* Rutland $40,638
Washington Washington State Housing Finance Commission* Seattle $372,314
West Virginia Housing Authority of Mingo County Delbarton $19,226
Wisconsin Movin’ Out, Inc.* Madison $33,022
TOTAL $42,841,684

* Grantees received preference points for qualified activities within a designated Opportunity Zone.

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