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14.169 Housing Counseling Assistance Program

FEDERAL AGENCY:

HOUSING, DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

AUTHORIZATION:

Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, as amended.
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To counsel homeowners, homebuyers, prospective renters and tenants under HUD, conventional and other government programs in improving their housing conditions and in meeting the responsibilities of tenancy and homeownership.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants.
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

To provide housing counseling grants to HUD-approved local housing counseling agencies; to HUD-approved national and regional intermediaries; and to State housing finance agencies. Grants provide a variety of housing counseling services,including single family home buying, homeownership, mortgage default, HECM, rental, and rental delinquency under HUD and other programs.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   Qualified public or private nonprofit organizations. There are three categories of eligible applicants: (1) HUD-approved local housing counseling agency; (2) HUD-approved national or regional intermediary; and (3) State housing finance agency.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Individuals, groups of individuals, and families who are renters, tenants, homeowners, and home buyers under HUD, conventional and other government programs.

Credentials/Documentation:   To be eligible to apply for a housing counseling grant through the SuperNOFA, HUD-approval must be secured by the SuperNOFA publication date. To become a HUD-approved housing counseling agency, applicants must (1) meet the requirements of the Housing Counseling Handbook 7610.1 as revised; (2) consult the HUD website to learn about the eligibility requirements for becoming HUD- approved and obtain application (available on the HUD website at www.hud.gov/fha/sfh/hcc/hccprof13.html); and (3) return application to the HUD Homeownership Center (HOC) with jurisdiction, or, if appropriate, HUD Headquarters.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   The availability of funds (HUD SuperNOFA) is announced in the Federal Register. There is no application kit. Potential applicants and community-based organizations are invited to view and participate in a satellite broadcast that reviews the application process. For a copy of the SuperNOFA, or for the satellite broadcast schedule, applicants can visit the HUD website (www.hud.gov) or call the SuperNOFA Information Center at 1-800-HUD- 8929. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may call the Center's TTY number at 1-800-HUD-2209. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   Applicants must submit by the required date the items and forms requested in the SuperNOFA, such as a description of the housing counseling services to be provided, and indicators by which benefits / impact will be measured.

Award Procedure:   Applicants will be evaluated competitively and ranked against all other applicants that applied in the same funding category. National and regional intermediaries are rated and ranked by HUD Headquarters. Local agencies and State housing finance agencies are rated and ranked by the Homeownership Center (HOC) with jurisdiction. A funding formula outlined in the SuperNOFA is used to calculate awards. This program is subject to the administrative requirements established in OMB Circular A-102, Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments, which was implemented by 24 CFR part 85; OMB Circular A-110, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Other Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Other Nonprofit Organizations, which was implemented by 24 CFR part 84; and OMB Circular A-133, Audits of States, Local Governments and Nonprofit Organizations, which was implemented by 24 CFR parts 84 and 85. Grants awarded under this program are also subject to the cost principles in OMB Circular A-87 for state and local governments and Indian tribal governments and OMB Circular A-122 for nonprofit organizations.

Deadlines:   Due dates and times for the receipt of applications for housing counseling grants are specified in the application.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   Award announcements typically occur 5-7 months after applications are received.

Appeals:   Applicants for housing counseling grants may appeal their denial of a grant award or the insufficiency of the grant amount to HUD.

Renewals:   Grantees must submit a new application and compete through the SuperNOFA each year.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   Formula is outlined in the SuperNOFA. This program has no matching requirements. However, applicants are required to demonstrate funding from other resources.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   Funding assistance is for a discrete period of time, generally 1 year. Grantees invoice HUD on a periodic basis for housing counseling services delivered. Payments of grant funds are subsequently made to grantees via direct deposit/electronic funds transfer (DD/EFT).

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   Grantees must file periodic invoices including semi- annual performance reports as well as final reports pursuant to grant agreement. Moreover, Form HUD-9902, Housing Counseling Agency Fiscal Year Activity Report, is required at year-end from funded agencies.

Audits:   HUD-approved housing counseling organizations are subject to a biennial performance review by HUD to retain status as a HUD- approved counseling agency.

Records:   As required in grant document and Housing Counseling Handbook, HUD 7610.1 REV-4 dated August 1995.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:   86-0205-0-1-604.

Obligations:   FY 01 $9,791,000; FY 02 est $20,000,000; and FY 03 est $35,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  
Range and average of financial assistance: For Fiscal Year 2012, the minimum request from a local agency was $15,000 and the maximum request from an intermediary was $3,000,000. The average local agency counseling grant was approximately $20,500. The average intermediary award was approximately $990,000.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
For fiscal year 2001, HUD provided funding for 340 local housing agencies, 11 HUD-approved intermediaries, and 18 state housing finance agencies. For fiscal year 2002, plans are to fund approximately 340 local housing agencies, 14 HUD-approved intermediaries and 20 State housing finance agencies.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

No Housing counseling regulations have been issued. The revised Housing Counseling Program Handbook 7610.1 REV 4 was distributed in August 1995 to all HUD Offices. Copies are available by contacting Headquarters.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   None. Persons are encouraged to contact the Homeownership Center serving their State (see http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hoc/hsghocs.cfm), or the nearest local HUD Office. See Catalog address Appendix IV for a list of offices.

Headquarters Office:   Wanda L. Sampedro, 451 7th Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: info@fhaoutreach.com Phone: (800) 225-5342.

Web Site Address:  
https://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Not applicable.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Outlined in SuperNOFA.

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