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Fla. Agencies to Receive $708K for HUD Home Counseling

The money is part of a $40M package. Agencies can use the money to advise current homeowners on ways to avoid foreclosure or help first-timers become homeowners.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $708,000 to 22 Florida agencies for home counseling services. It’s part of a nearly $40 million package for housing counseling grants.

HUD says the money will help over one million individuals and families access HUD-approved housing counseling, and can help them avoid foreclosure or make more informed home buying and rental choices.

The grants will directly support housing counseling services provided by 204 HUD-approved local counseling agencies, national and regional organizations, and state housing finance agencies. The grant recipients competed for the money through HUD’s Comprehensive Housing Counseling Grant Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) first published on May 24, 2019.

“HUD-approved housing counseling agencies are on the front lines of helping individuals and families struggling financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” says HUD Secretary Ben Carson.

Counseling agencies address a full range of housing counseling needs, including assisting homebuyers evaluate their readiness for a home purchase and navigation through the home buying process. Nearly half of the state and local counseling agencies awarded HUD grants received preference because they will provide counseling within designated Opportunity Zones.

HUD-approved housing counseling agencies also help households find affordable rental housing, offer financial literacy training to individuals and families, and provide foreclosure prevention counseling. They support emergency preparedness and disaster recovery efforts, help homeless persons find transitional housing, and help seniors decide whether a reverse mortgage makes sense for them.

Florida agencies receiving HUD counseling money

  • Davie – Adopt a Hurricane Family Inc. – $9,491
  • Fort Myers – Affordable Homeownership Foundation Inc. – $31,233
  • Pensacola – Community Enterprise Investments Inc. – $10,405
  • Melbourne – Community Housing Initiative Inc. – $18,611
  • Port Charlotte – Comprehensive Housing Resources Inc. – $18,611
  • Plantation – Consolidated Credit Solutions Inc. – $57,664
  • West Palm Beach – Credit Card Management Services Inc. – $166,593
  • Lighthouse Point – Debt Management Credit Counseling Corp.* – $95,233
  • Jacksonville – Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville Inc.* – $14,051
  • Jacksonville – Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Inc. – $19,298
  • Fort Myers – Lee County Housing Development Corporation – $18,160
  • Daytona Beach – Mid-Florida Housing Partnership Inc. – $27,595
  • Ocala – Ocala Housing Authority – $41,399
  • Opa-Locka – Opa-Locka Community Development Corporation, Inc. – $24,546
  • Tampa – Solitas House Inc. – $30,018
  • St Augustine – St Johns County Board Of County Commissioners – $21,360
  • Sarasota – Step Up Suncoast Inc. – $13,599
  • Tallahassee – Tallahassee Urban League Inc. – $15,421
  • Clearwater – Tampa Bay Community Development Corporation – $33,208
  • Lake Alfred – The Agricultural and Labor Program Incorporated* – $11,318
  • Fort Myers – The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers* – $12,683
  • West Palm Beach – West Palm Beach Housing Authority – $17,691

Florida State Total – $708,188. Agencies with “*” are located within qualified Opportunity Zones.

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