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HUD Awards Fla. 24 Home-Counseling Grants, Total of $395K

Counseling could help first-time homebuyers qualify for a loan and give them information they need to keep and maintain their home after purchase.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded more than $12.5 million in supplemental housing counseling grants, with $394,708 going to 24 different Florida-based programs.

The supplemental grants support housing counseling services, including foreclosure avoidance and rental counseling services families can use as they work to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nationwide, HUD awards 219 grants to local housing counseling agencies, national and regional organizations, and state housing finance agencies (SHFAs). To get the money, the groups competed under HUD’s FY 2020 Supplemental Comprehensive Housing Counseling Grant Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) or HUD’s FY 2019/2020 Comprehensive Housing Counseling NOFA.

HUD-approved housing counseling agencies address a range of housing counseling needs, including assisting homebuyers evaluate their readiness for a home purchase and navigate the homebuying process. Nearly half of the state and local counseling agencies awarded HUD grants received preference because they will provide counseling to individuals and families within designated Opportunity Zones.

“Our hope is that those affected by the pandemic … will reach out to qualified housing counseling professionals to help them understand what their options are,” says Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner Dana Wade. “The grants … will help housing counseling agencies assist a greater number of clients seeking assistance.”

HUD-approved housing counseling agencies also help households find affordable rental housing, offer financial literacy training and foreclosure prevention counseling.

HUD offers a search function on its website to help people find local home counseling, or they can call (800) 569-4287 for an interactive telephone directory.

Florida agencies awarded grants in latest funding

  • Adopt a Hurricane Family Inc., Davie: $3,419
  • Affordable Homeownership Foundation Inc., Fort Myers, $7,708
  • Bright Community Trust Inc., Clearwater, $22,263
  • Community Enterprise Investments Inc., Pensacola, $3,678
  • Community Housing Initiative Inc., Melbourne, $6,529
  • Comprehensive Housing Resources Inc., Port Charlotte, $6,529
  • Consolidated Credit Solutions Inc., Plantation, $15,355
  • Credit Card Management Services Inc., West Palm Beach, $38,240
  • Debt Management Credit Counseling Corp., Lighthouse Point, $29,071
  • Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville Inc., Jacksonville, $4,975
  • Housing Foundation of America, Pembroke Pines, $166,039
  • Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Inc., Jacksonville, $6,596
  • Lee County Housing Development Corporation, Fort Myers, $6,143
  • Mid-Florida Housing Partnership Inc., Daytona Beach, $8,091
  • Ocala Housing Authority, Ocala, $9,953
  • Opa-Locka Community Development Corporation Inc., Opa-Locka, $8,216
  • Solitas House Inc., Tampa, $10,032
  • St Johns County Board Of County Commissioners, St. Augustine, $6,795
  • Step Up Suncoast Inc., Sarasota, $4,588
  • Tallahassee Urban League Inc., Tallahassee, $5,364
  • Tampa Bay Community Development Corporation, Clearwater, $11,197
  • The Agricultural and Labor Program, Incorporated, Lake Alfred, $3,938
  • The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers, Fort Myers, $4,584
  • West Palm Beach Housing Authority, West Palm Beach, $5,405

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