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Wells Fargo Housing Foundation: Homeownership Counseling Grant Program

Deadline: January 31, 2018

The Homeownership Counseling Grant Program (HCGP) provides financial resources to local nonprofit housing organizations to create affordable and sustainable homeownership opportunities for low-to-moderate income (LMI) people. The grant program focuses on:

  • Homebuyer counseling: Counselor-to-client assistance that addresses unique financial circumstances and housing issues and focuses on overcoming specific obstacles to achieve housing goals such as: repairing credit, locating cash for a down payment, recognizing predatory lending practices, understanding fair lending and fair housing requirements, avoiding foreclosure, or resolving a financial crisis. This focus also includes credit and budget counseling efforts.
  • Homebuyer education: Education with an established curriculum and instructional goals, provided in a group or classroom setting or other formats (such as online), that covers such homeownership topics as the homebuying process, how to maintain a home, budgeting, the importance of good credit, and other homebuying related subjects. Pre-homebuyer education includes 4 to 8 hour workshops. Post-homebuyer education includes reverse-mortgage education efforts.
  • Foreclosure prevention activities: Efforts designed to help families keep homes that are facing foreclosure and stabilize the overall housing market. Provides information and assistance to avoid foreclosure.

Amount: Not specified.

Eligibility:

  • 501(c)(3) public charities with 509(a)(1) and 509(a)(2) designations
  • 501(c)(3) public charities with 509(a)(3) designation – Type I or II only – if documented by the IRS, or if legal opinion is provided
  • Governmental agencies (charitable purpose), including public schools
  • Native-American tribal entities

Additional legal requirements:

  • The nonprofit organization must be tax exempt under Internal Revenue Service Code 501(c)(3). Nonprofits must have completed at least two consecutive years of operations as of the date of application.
  • The Housing Foundation does not provide support to private foundations or government entities that are not tax exempt under Internal Revenue Service Code 501(c)(3).

Link: https://www.wellsfargo.com/about/corporate-responsibility/community-giving/housing-foundation/

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