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HUD Awards Nearly $43M in Housing Counseling Grants

Two dozen Florida agencies will receive $852,275 for programs that prepare buyers for ownership and help current owners keep their homes.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $42.8 million in housing counseling grants, with $852,275 of the money going to 24 agencies in Florida.

The money is funded to help up to one million Americans make better-informed housing choices, keep their current homes or receive assistance to help avoid foreclosure. Nearly half of the state and local counseling agencies awarded HUD grants did so because they provide counseling to individuals and families within designated Opportunity Zones.

“HUD-approved housing counseling agencies are on the front lines of helping individuals and families to find affordable rental housing or make more informed homeownership choices,” says HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “The funding we announce today will help families to realize their dreams – whether it’s owning a home, avoiding foreclosure, or finding an affordable place to rent.”

These grants will directly support the housing counseling services provided by 207 HUD-approved local housing counseling agencies, national and regional organizations, and state housing finance agencies (SHFAs).

Grant recipients will provide services to address a full range of housing counseling needs:

  • Help homebuyers evaluate their readiness for a home purchase
  • Explain how to navigate the homebuying process
  • Help households find affordable rental housing
  • Offer financial literacy training to individuals and families
  • Provide foreclosure prevention counseling that helps homeowners facing delinquency or default to understand their options
  • Help homeless persons find transitional housing
  • Help seniors decide if a reverse mortgage makes sense for them

Florida’s fiscal year 2019 housing counseling grants

  • Adopt A Hurricane Family, dba Crisis Housing Solutions, Davie: $10,230
  • Affordable Homeownership Foundation, Fort Myers: $35,487
  • Broward County Housing Authority, Lauderdale Lakes: $12,976
  • Community Enterprise Investments, Incorporated, Pensacola: $12,427
  • Community Housing Initiative, Melbourne: $22,036
  • Comprehensive Housing Resources, Port Charlotte: $22,036
  • Consolidated Credit Solutions, Plantation: $65,471
  • Credit Card Management Services, dba Reversemortgagehelper.org and Debthelper.com, West Palm Beach: $185,814
  • Debt Management Credit Counseling Corp.*, Lighthouse Point: $110,594
  • Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville*, Jacksonville: $15,583
  • Home Ownership Resource Center of Lee County*, Fort Myers: $24,921
  • Housing Authority of the City of Ft. Myers*, Fort Myers: $13,936
  • Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Jacksonville: $22,929
  • Lee County Housing Development Corporation, Fort Myers: $21,626
  • Mid-Florida Housing Partnership, Daytona Beach: $32,130
  • Ocala Housing Authority, Ocala: $48,525
  • Opa-Locka Community Development Corporation, Opa-Locka: $29,177
  • Solita’s House, Tampa: $35,629
  • St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners, St Augustine: $25,610
  • Step Up Suncoast, F/K/A Manatee Community Action Agency, Sarasota: $16,272
  • Tallahassee Urban League, Tallahassee: $18,330
  • Tampa Bay Community Development Corporation, Clearwater: $39,334
  • The Agriculture and Labor Program, Lake Alfred: $12,427
  • West Palm Beach Housing Authority, West Palm Beach: $18,775

Florida Total: $852,275

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