WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson today issued the following statement applauded NeighborWorks America for expeditiously awarding $130 million to HUD-approved national counseling intermediaries and state housing finance agencies that will provide thousands of families with foreclosure prevention counseling.
“I applaud Ken Wade and NeighborWorks America for moving quickly to award this vital funding and help homeowners at risk of foreclosure. For families caught in the foreclosure trap, this targeted investment is one more resource to help them keep their homes and bring stability to their communities.
Providing foreclosure prevention counseling contributes significantly to securing the American Dream. President Bush has maintained his commitment to sustainable homeownership by increased funding for housing counselors by 150 percent since 2001, and this year’s budget request calls for another $65 million.
HUD’s 2,300 counseling agencies across the country are on the front lines of saving families. Last year, they reached more than 1.6 million households. Together, HUD and NeighborWorks are acting quickly to give financially-strapped families the immediate and long-term assistance they need right now.”
HUD is the nation’s housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development, and enforces the nation’s fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov. For more information about FHA products, please visit www.fha.gov.