Overview Program Administration Program Goals and Objectives Benefits of HUD Approval Approval Criteria Housing Counseling Resources Qualifications Application Process 2
Housing Counseling Program Objectives 3 Provide basic housing counseling services Outreach to potential first-time homebuyers Enable clients to become more knowledgeable about housing programs Assist renters to locate and qualify for assisted rental units Help eligible homeowners obtain affordable housing Help homeowners avoid foreclosure or evictions
Housing Counseling Program Goals 4 Reduce losses to Single Family (SF) insurance fund Reduce mortgage defaults and foreclosures Reduce losses to Multifamily (MF) insurance fund caused by rent delinquencies and evictions Increase Homeownership participation Stabilize and Revitalize Communities Promote Economic Growth Assist homeless, renters, and potential and distressed homeowners
Benefits of HUD Approval 5 Eligible to apply for HUD Housing Counseling Grants Eligible for Community Development Block Grants through local governments Have access to a larger audience through HUD’s web site/toll-free number Receive technical assistance and training from HUD
Other Benefits 6 Form partnerships with local municipalities or state agencies to administer housing programs Form partnerships with other housing industry members Apply for grants from other financial institutions, nonprofits, or local governments
Acquire 501 (C) (3) Tax Exempt Status Acquire a 501 (C) (3) status from the Internal Revenue Service if you do not already have one. It establishes a protective layer between your church, mosque, temple, etc; and provides the legal responsibilities associated with provision of social services. A 501 (C) (3) Non-Profit organization is a Business. It is operated according to sound business principles. 7
8 Why Plan? “Will you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?” said Alice. “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the cat. “I don’t much care where,” said Alice. “Then it doesn't matter which way you go,” said the cat.
Design a Housing Counseling Plan Develop a comprehensive housing counseling and education program plan which includes: Type of services Provided Experience Staff Facilities Budget Target Area 9
Identify Your Resources Approval depends on how you demonstrate that you have adequate resources needed to run a successful Housing Counseling Program. Partnerships/Community Resources Funding Resources 10
Focus on Your Community HUD requires that you serve the community in which you are located. You must identify: Your area population Social economic Factors (NEED in Community) Racial & Ethnic make-up of the population Age and condition of the housing 11
Get Started Evaluate your present program structure. Identify your outcomes Describe anticipated results to be achieved What has changed because you were funded Secure needed documentation. Have clear understanding of the process. Prepare to submit. 12
APPROVAL Notice of Approval. If the application package meets all requirements, HUD has the ability to approve an agency for a period of up to three years. HUD will advise the agency of its approval in the form of an approval letter to the agency's main office. 13
SUBMIT APPLICATION 14 Local/Multi-state applications: Atlanta Homeownership Center Attn: Gayle F. Knowlson, Director Single Family, Program Support Division 40 Marietta Street, 9 th Floor Atlanta, GA 30303 Phone: 404 331-5001, ext. 2345
Contact Information Carolyn Hogans, Branch Chief Phone: (404) 331-5001 ext. 2129 Email: E.Carolyn.Hogans@HUD.Gov Tracy Fields, Housing Program Specialist Phone: 404-331-5001 x2126 Email: Tracy.C.Fields@HUD.Gov Vivien King, Housing Program Specialist Phone: 404-331-5001 x2096 Email: Vivien.T.King@Hud.Gov 15
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