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October 2, 2019
HUD AWARDS TEXAS OVER $1.2 MILLION IN HOUSING COUNSELING GRANTS
Funding intended to help families find and keep their homes
FORT WORTH - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $42.8 million in housing counseling grants to help approximately one million Americans make more informed housing choices, keep their current homes, or receive assistance to help them avoid foreclosure. In Texas, six housing counseling agencies shared $1,232,261, which should help counsel over 48,000 people. See chart below.
"HUD-approved housing counseling agencies are on the front lines of helping individuals and families to find affordable rental housing or make more informed homeownership choices," said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. "The funding we announce today will help families to realize their dreams-whether it's owning a home, avoiding foreclosure, or finding an affordable place to rent."
These grants will directly support the housing counseling services provided by 207 HUD-approved local housing counseling agencies, national and regional organizations, and state housing finance agencies (SHFAs). Read a comprehensive summary of each housing counseling grant.
Grant recipients will provide services to address a full range of housing counseling needs. This includes assisting homebuyers in evaluating their readiness for a home purchase and navigating through the homebuying process. The organizations also help households find affordable rental housing, offer financial literacy training to individuals and families, and provide foreclosure prevention counseling to help homeowners facing delinquency or default to understand their options for avoiding foreclosure.
In addition to providing counseling to homeowners and renters, these organizations assist homeless persons in finding transitional housing and help seniors determine whether a reverse mortgage makes sense for them.
There are many ways to locate a HUD-approved housing counseling agency. Visit HUD's website or call (800) 569-4287 for our interactive telephone directory. Watch HUD's video (www.youtube.com/watch?v=In_1bZHigJQ) on how housing counseling can help families find (and keep) housing.
The following is a state-by-state breakdown of the funding announced today:
Fiscal Year 2019 Housing Counseling Grants
|Texas||Austin Habitat for Humanity||Austin||$22,890|
|City of San Antonio/Dept of Neighborhood and Housing Services (DNHS)||San Antonio||$26,430|
|Easter Seals of Greater Houston, Inc.||Houston||$28,488|
|Money Management International Inc.||Sugar Land||$1,118,715|
|North & East Lubbock Community Development Corporation||Lubbock||$11,915|
|Waco Community Development Corporation||Waco||$23,823|
HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and https://espanol.hud.gov.
You can also connect with HUD on social media and follow Secretary Carson on Twitter and Facebook or sign up for news alerts on HUD's Email List.