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The National Housing Resource Center (NHRC) is an advocate for the nonprofit housing counseling industry, as well as for housing consumers, for communities of color, for the elderly, and for under-served populations. This website is home resources and tools for housing counselors.

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Delinquency and Forbearance Survey Results

August 5th, 2020|0 Comments

Everything is changing so quickly these days, especially for homeowners and tenants. Homeowners are confused about what is available to help them with their mortgage, renters don’t know if they can be evicted, and advocates want to know how current policies are impacting the most vulnerable consumers. Unfortunately, up to the minute data just isn’t available as quickly as needed to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic. At NHRC, we know HUD approved housing counselors are seeing this play out on a day to day basis with consumers they are trying to help. In order to [...]

HUD Secretary Ben Carson Extends Critical Deadline for Housing Counseling Organizations at Risk of Losing Funding

August 3rd, 2020|0 Comments

On July 31, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published its Interim Final Rule on its website to announce a delay in the deadline for housing counselors to become HUD certified. The pause is meant to ensure that vital housing counseling services remain available to the nation’s homebuyers and renters, particularly those who need housing and mortgage assistance to recover financially from the effects of the COVID-19 emergency. The Interim Final Rule will be subsequently published for comment in the Federal Register. This effort was led by many advocates and stakeholders, including Senator Tina Smith. U.S. [...]

NHRC Highlights

On Monday, NHRC met with Danberry Carmon and the Office of Housing Counseling staff.  In the photo are Ibijoke Akinbowale (NCRC), Terry Carr (HUD), Jorge Rivera (UnidosUS), Danberry Carmon (HUD), Claudia Randall (Community Development Network of Maryland), Simone Griffin (HomeFree-USA), and Ellie Pepper (NHRC).  Also in the meeting were Ayanna Fortson (National Urban League), Jennifer Murphy (Homeownership Council of America), David Young (Housing Action Illinois), Karen Hoskins (NeighborWorks America), Baylee Childress (NeighborWorks America), Ruth Roman (HUD), Brian Siebenlist (HUD), Phyllis Ford (HUD),  Jerry Mayer (HUD), and me.

We discussed strategies to increase housing counselor certification, challenges with testing sites, English as a second language issues, and different learning and testing styles of counselors.  We explained  some of our programs to attract more people to the housing counseling field.  We urged HUD to get this year’s Housing Counseling Assistance funding out early to the agencies.  We floated ideas on rebranding housing counseling and what would it take to rebrand the housing counseling job title.   We updated HUD on the technology work, integrating MISMO data standards into the housing counseling client management systems. We described the Savi student loan tool and the discount for HUD-approved housing counseling agencies.  All in all, it was vibrant discussion and we agreed to more regular meetings.