Mobile Housing Board Awarded
The Mobile Housing Board was awarded a $45,308 grant to provide housing counseling services to residents in a six-county area. The announcement was made in Mobile recently by Cindy Yarbrough, Director of the Birmingham Field Office of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development. The funding will enable the Mobile Housing Board to continue counseling families on many housing matters, including the following:
|Cindy Yarbrough, third from right, Director of the U.S. Housing & Urban Development�s Birmingham Field Office, delivered a �big� $45,308 check to the Mobile Housing Board (MHB), symbolic of a grant that the agency received to provide housing counseling services. Others from left are MHB Property Agent Preston Denagall, MHB Housing Counselor Tyronnda Bethune, MHB Grantswriter Cathy Burden, MHB Executive Director Stevens Gregory, Ms. Yarbrough, HUD�s Birmingham Field Office Liaison John Gemmill and MHB Real Estate Officer Hallet McDonough.|
Grants totaling $3 million were awarded in supplemental funding for home equity conversion mortgage (HECM) counseling. These funds will provide counseling for the rapidly growing number of elderly homeowners who seek to convert equity in their homes into income that can be used for home improvements, medical costs and other expenses.
Public housing authorities and other organizations that provide housing counseling services �help families make informed choices before they take the important step of homeownership,� HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson said in a statement released by HUD. �They also provide a service that is vital in today�s mortgage market � they counsel families facing foreclosure and advise them about their options.�
To contact a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling, visit our website at www.hud.gov and click on �housing counselor� under �At Your Service� to search online, or call HUD's interactive voice response system at: (800) 569-4287.