HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD IX No. 12-19
Gene Gibson
(415) 489-6414
For Release
February 29, 2012


WASHINGTON, DC - On Thursday, March 1st in Los Angeles, California, the White House and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will honor Terry Galligan of Tucson, Arizona as one of eleven housing counselors and HUD-approved organizations being recognized as Champions of Change for their hard work, perseverance and dedication to their communities. Terry Galligan has been selected for outstanding commitment and achievement representative of the collective work of thousands of housing counselors across the United States.

"Housing counselors work tremendously hard, each and every day, to help families realize the American dream," said White House Senior Advisor, Valerie Jarrett. "From helping homeowners avoid foreclosure to making sure tenants understand their rights to working with borrowers to restore their credit, the men and women we honor today truly are Champions of Change."

"The tireless assistance provided by housing counselors to help distressed homeowners understand foreclosure prevention options and avoid loan modification scams is a lifeline to millions of families struggling to keep their home," said HUD Regional Administrator Ophelia Basgal. "These dedicated professionals have made and are continuing to make a big difference to these families and their communities every day."

The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama's Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.

Housing counseling assistance was developed over 40 years ago at a time of severe disinvestment in housing, unaffordable interest rates, high unemployment and irresponsible lending practices. Today, HUD approves, monitors and supports counseling organizations and tracks their output. Recent initiatives have extended the number and location of HUD-approved housing counseling organizations and reduced the amount of time and complexity of the process to award HUD housing counseling grants.

To learn more about our Champions and watch video of the event, go to

Terry Galligan is Old Pueblo Community Services' Housing Director. Terry has over 20 years of experience working for nonprofit organizations and helping people in need. Terry manages projects and programs relating to Old Pueblo Community Services Housing Department. His responsibilities include housing counseling for home owners facing foreclosure; developing new single-family housing; acquisition and rehabilitation of existing homes; owner-occupied rehabilitation; and down payment grant assistance programs. Terry has worked with hundreds of families, and he has helped over 2,000 first-time home buyers purchase a house. Terry has overseen the construction of 300 new homes and 318 new apartments in Tucson and southern Arizona.


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