NHRC Mission Statement
The National Housing Resource Center is dedicated to organizing nonprofit housing counseling agencies into a unified voice to advocate for the housing counseling industry and on behalf of housing consumers.
The National Housing Resource Center promotes the long-term interests of the housing counseling industry and the people served by the housing counseling agencies.
The Center is created to accomplish things together that we are not able to do separately.
The Center advances public policies, programs, and educational materials that will strengthen the housing counseling industry and benefit housing consumers, especially communities of color, the elderly, low and moderate income people, and underserved populations.
Housing counselors are on the front lines of the American housing crisis and are an invaluable resource to the housing stability of any community. Often overlooked or underutilitized in the national conversation, housing counselors both uplift and protect their communities.
- They support homebuyers facing challenges in qualifying for affordable mortgage credit;
- They work to address the inequities facing homebuyers and homeowners of color who are working toward economic self-sufficiency and mobility;
- They are on the front lines in the fight addressing foreclosures;
- They support ex-homeowners entering the rental market who need direction and support;
- They protect communities from predatory lending practices that target housing consumers.
Despite the great work of the housing counseling community, much work is required to improve, expand and protect the community. NHRC supports issues that would directly benefit the counseling community and the communities they serve, including:
- Integrating housing counseling into disaster recovery efforts in CDBG-DR funding.
- Improving mortgage servicing standards and language accessibility for limited English proficiency consumers.
- Multi-layered outreach campaign to guide underserved homebuyers to nonprofit housing counseling agencies for assistance
- Developing adequate funding for housing counseling programs to meet the housing needs of consumers in urban, suburban, and rural areas.
- Develop a common voice for the nonprofit housing counseling industry with Congress, the Administration, regulators, and policy makers.
- Pull together the housing counseling agencies and networks to advocate for housing issues, which impact housing consumers and counseling agencies.
- Tap into the role housing counseling agencies across the country provide for people with the greatest housing needs.
- Take advantage of the broad geographic reach of housing counseling agencies to develop relationships on the Congressional District level.
- Address issues of sustainability for the housing counseling industry
- Elevate the reputation and role of housing counseling.
Increased funding for housing counseling
- Successfully got housing counseling included in the recent OCC settlement. As a result, $15 million in new grants went to counseling agencies
- Campaigned for and won $10 million in TARP funded support to counseling agencies for outreach and HAMP application.
- Encouraged HUD to get NOFA out during the Continuing Resolution
- Advocating for increased HUD and NFMC housing counseling funding in Congress
Reforming credit, servicing standards, and foreclosure policies
- Commented on CFPB servicing standards from a counseling perspective.
- Lobbied for improved Language Access for limited English proficiency borrowers.
- Advocating for improved escalation lines, respect for counselors, principal reduction, and incentives to attract people to counseling.
Created several new platforms for support and discussion
- Hosted the first Leaders in Housing Counseling Forum in Washington, DC in December 2012 with 90 counseling industry leaders representing national, regional, and local housing counseling organizations along with senior administration officials from HUD and CFPB.
- Host Leaders in Housing Counseling calls, twice monthly phone meetings with senior counseling managers.
- Developed NHRC website as counselor resource.
- Secured service and product discounts for counseling agencies, including deeply discounted credit reports and office supplies, saving agencies money.
- Measured the effectiveness of National Mortgage Settlement, jointly with the California Reinvestment Coalition.
- Documented the impact of budget cuts on counseling.
- Gathered counselor input for HUD on problems with the 9902 counseling form.
Recently we have been pushing for issues which directly impact the counseling work, such as:
- Improved servicing standards
- Language Access
- Multi-layered, national marketing campaign to guide delinquent homeowners to nonprofit housing counseling agencies.
- No requirement that counselors supply personal social security numbers to submit HUD data
- End the use of the logic model
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