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Deadline: April 4, 2016

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Comprehensive Housing Counseling Grant Program

The purpose of HUD’s Housing Counseling Grant Program is to provide funds that shall be used for providing counseling and advice to tenants and homeowners, both current and prospective, with respect to property maintenance, financial management/and literacy, and such other matters as may be appropriate to assist program clients in improving their housing conditions, meeting their financial needs, and fulfilling the responsibilities of tenancy or homeownership. Funding is intended to support HUD-approved housing counseling agencies to respond flexibly to the needs of residents and neighborhoods, and deliver a wide variety of housing counseling services to homebuyers, homeowners, renters, and the homeless. The program aims to play an integral role in the continued stabilization of our nation’s housing market by helping individuals and families obtain housing and stay in their homes through responsible homeownership or affordable rental housing. Traditionally underserved populations, such as minorities, the elderly, veterans, persons with disabilities, persons with limited English proficiency and residents of rural areas, face unique housing and economic challenges. HUD’s Comprehensive Housing Counseling Grant Program funds housing agencies that provide expert, unbiased guidance and information to help families and individuals meet their housing needs and improve their financial situations. HUD grant funding supports housing counseling agencies that act as an important safeguard in the prevention of housing scams and discrimination.

Amount: $40,000,000 is available for approximately 300 awards. Minimum and maximum award sizes are determined by applicant; agencies receive a base grant amount determined by the size and nature of their counseling networks. The funding methodology then augments that amount based on performance within HUD’s Housing Counseling Program; number of FTEs that perform housing counseling services need, and other relevant factors.

Eligibility: Housing counseling agencies (including Local Housing Counseling Agencies [LHCAs], Intermediaries and Multi-State Organizations [MSOs]) that are directly approved by HUD to participate in the HUD Housing Counseling Program prior to the funding issue date and State Housing Finance Agencies [SHFAs]).

Link: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/administration/grants/fundsavail/nofa16/chcgp

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