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Rhonda Siciliano (617) 994-8355
Kristine Foye (617) 994-8218
For Release
Thursday
December 23, 2010

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES $4.1 MILLION IN COUNSELING GRANTS TO HELP FAMILIES FIND AND KEEP HOUSING
20 grants awarded to support counseling agencies in Massachusetts

In an effort to help families find decent housing and to prevent future foreclosures, the Obama Administration today announced nearly $73 million nationwide in housing counseling grants to more than 500 national, regional and local organizations. As a result of the funding announced today, hundreds of thousands of households will have a greater opportunity to find housing or keep the homes they have because of the housing counseling and counseling training grants awarded today by U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan. There were a total of 20 grants awarded in Massachusetts for $4,134,067 in funding (please see attached list for grants awarded in Massachusetts).

The grants announced today represent a $13 million, or 22 percent increase over last year's funding level
nationwide. In announcing the grant awards, Donovan said HUD-approved housing counseling agencies are a critical part of the nation's housing recovery.

"These organizations are on the front lines of helping families who are desperate to remain in their homes," said Donovan. "Now, more than ever, it's crucial that we support these agencies that are working with struggling
families on a one-to-one basis to manage their money, navigate the homebuying process, and secure their financial futures."

Housing counseling grants will assist families in becoming first-time homeowners and remaining homeowners after
their purchase. HUD-approved counseling agencies not only provide homeownership counseling, but also offer
financial literacy training to renters and homeless individuals and families.

"Now, more than ever, it is crucial that Americans better understand how to manage their money, navigate the homebuying process, and secure their financial future," said Donovan. "This critical funding will help counseling organizations continue to assist families in making more informed choices before they purchase a home and counsel families facing foreclosure."

Nearly $68 million will support the direct provision of housing counseling services by 24 national and regional organizations, 5 multi-state organizations, and 484 state and local housing counseling agencies. In addition, HUD
is awarding more than $5 million to three national organizations to train approximately 4,500 counselors who will receive the instruction and certification necessary to effectively assist families with their housing needs.

National and regional agencies distribute much of HUD's housing counseling grant 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.

Counseling agencies will use $9.5 million to help assist senior citizens seeking reverse mortgages or Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM). These agencies 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 to pay for home
improvements, medical costs, and other living expenses.

The organizations that provide housing counseling services help people become or remain homeowners or find rental housing, and assist homeless persons in finding the transitional housing they need to move toward a permanent
place to live. Grant recipients also 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.

In addition, grantees help combat predatory lending by helping unwary borrowers review their loan documentation, and avoid potential mortgage scams, 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. Likewise, foreclosure prevention counseling helps homeowners facing delinquency or default employ strategies, including expense reduction, negotiation with lenders and loan servicers, and loss mitigation, to avoid foreclosure. With foreclosures at critical levels nationwide, these services are more important than ever.

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 performance reviews to maintain their HUD-approved status.

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Housing Counseling Grants Awarded in Massachusetts

Auburndale AMERICAN CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELING $37,949.74
COMP
Auburndale AMERICAN CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELING $19,592.08
HECM
Auburndale AMERICAN CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELING $30,399.00
MMSA
Boston ACTION FOR BOSTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, INC. $35,000.00
COMP
Boston ACTION FOR BOSTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, INC. $20,000.00
MMSA
Boston GREATER BOSTON LEGAL SERVICES $38,441.37
COMP
Boston GREATER BOSTON LEGAL SERVICES $40,000.00
MMSA
Chelsea CHELSEA RESTORATION CORPORATION $35,000.00
COMP
Chelsea CHELSEA RESTORATION CORPORATION $20,000.00
MMSA
Gardner RCAP SOLUTIONS, INC. $36,474.87
COMP
Pittsfield BERKSHIRE COUNTY REGIONAL HOUSING AUTHORITY-H $45,815.72
COMP
Plymouth PLYMOUTH REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY $41,391.11
COMP
Quincy QUINCY COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAMS, INC. $42,865.98
COMP
Quincy QUINCY COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAMS, INC. $10,000.00
HECM
Quincy QUINCY COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAMS, INC. $20,000.00
MMSA
Springfield SPRINGFIELD NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING SERVICES $36,966.49
COMP
Springfield SPRINGFIELD NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING SERVICES $50,000.00
MMSA
Stoneham COMMUNITY SERVICE NETWORK, INC. $35,000.00
COMP
Taunton PRO-HOME, INC. $42,374.36
COMP
Taunton PRO-HOME, INC. $56,496.71
MMSA
  State Total   $693,767.43

National & Regional Intermediary Housing Counseling Grants in Massachusetts

Boston Citizens Housing and Planning Association $1,440,300
COMP
Springfield Housing Partnership Network $2,000,000
COMP

For a summary of each grant, visit HUD's website.

COMP: Comprehensive Housing Counseling Grant. These grants support a full menu of services.
HECM: Home Equity Conversion Mortgage. These grants support reverse mortgage counseling for seniors.
MMSA: Mortgage Modification and Mortgage Scam Assistance Grants

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