| Kristine Foye
October 4, 2006
HUD AWARDS $3.2 MILLION IN HOUSING COUNSELING GRANTS TO NINE MASSACHUSETTS AGENCIES
Funding is part of $39.1 million awarded nationwide
Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $3.2 million to nine agencies in Massachusetts to help families find housing or keep the homes they have (see attached list of grant recipients/amounts). The funding is part of $39.1 million awarded nationwide.
HUD's Housing Counseling grants assist families in becoming first-time homeowners or remaining homeowners after their purchase. Renters and homeless individuals and families will also benefit from the counseling offered by the grants. Grants were awarded to 17 national and regional organizations and more than 400 state and local housing counseling agencies.
"More families are receiving housing counseling services than ever before, and more are purchasing and keeping
their homes," said Taylor Caswell, HUD's regional director. "The organizations providing these services are helping
to meet our goal of increasing homeownership opportunities."
National and regional agencies distribute much of the HUD funding to community-based grassroots organizations
that provide advice and guidance to low- and moderate-income families seeking to improve their housing conditions. In addition, these larger organizations help improve the quality of housing counseling services and enhance coordination among other counseling providers.
The organizations that provide housing counseling services help people become or remain homeowners or find rental housing. Grant recipients help homebuyers and homeowners realistically evaluate their readiness for a home
purchase, understand their financing and downpayment options, and navigate what can be an extremely confusing and difficult process. Grantees also help combat predatory lending by helping unwary borrowers avoid unreasonably high interest rates, inflated appraisals, unaffordable repayment terms, and other conditions that can result in a loss
of equity, increased debt, default, and even foreclosure. Moreover, HUD-funded housing counseling agencies assist homeless persons to find the transitional housing they need to move toward a permanent place to live.
HUD awards annual grants under the housing counseling program through a competitive process. Organizations that apply for grants must be HUD-approved and are subject to biennial performance reviews to maintain their HUD-approved status.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development, and enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet
|Housing Counseling Grants in Massachusetts|
|Citizens Housing and Planning Association||
|Housing Partnership Network||
|Greater Boston Legal Services||
|Berkshire Regional Housing Authority||
|Plymouth Redevelopment Authority||
|Quincy Community Action Programs||
|Springfield Partners for Community Action||
|Community Service Network||