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FY 2019 Housing Counseling Training Grant Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Train Housing Counselors
to Assist Consumers in Making Smart Housing Choices

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Deadline Date:

09/05/19 11:59:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA public or private nonprofit organizations for the training of housing counselors in order to provide consumers with the information they need to make informed housing choices. Training programs must be provided nationwide. Also, training programs offered by or in conjunction with Training Partners must focus on state and local housing issues.

The purpose of this assistance is to continue investing in the creation and maintenance of a professional and effective housing counseling industry that is able to meaningfully assist consumers by providing them with the information they need to make informed housing choices and maximizes the impact of Federal funding appropriated for HUD’s Housing Counseling Program.

Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Pub. L. No. 111-203 (2010), individual housing counselors participating in HUD’s Housing Counseling Program shall demonstrate, by written examination and certification, that they are competent in providing counseling in each of the core topics.

Section 106(e) of the HUD Act of 1968 (12 USC 1701x(e)) (Section 106) provides for six (6) Core Topics in which housing counselors must be competent. These are: Financial management; Property maintenance; Responsibilities of homeownership and tenancy; Fair housing law and requirements; Housing affordability; and Avoidance of, and responses to, rental and mortgage delinquency and avoidance of eviction and mortgage default. 

HUD also acknowledges the need for more housing counselors trained in Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) default counseling. HUD recognizes the important role housing counselors can provide in helping to mitigate HECM defaults and foreclosures and decrease losses to the MMI Fund. This assistance will expand the number of agencies and counselors who can provide default counseling for Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) borrowers.

Current HUD priorities also center on Disaster Preparation and Recovery. Housing Counseling agencies (HCA's) are in a unique position to help their communities prepare for and recover from a disaster. They can help their clients prepare for disasters by integrating preparedness into their counseling and education activities. Post-disaster, they can use their knowledge of local resources and programs to help clients navigate the complexities of disaster recovery resources and programs. This NOFA supports courses that provide training in the areas of disaster preparation and recovery. 

For required activities, see the following link: https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FY19_HOUSING_COUNSELING_TRAINING.pdf#page=12

For eligible activities and training topics, see the following link: https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FY19_HOUSING_COUNSELING_TRAINING.pdf#page=13

For a list of additional requirements, see the following link: https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FY19_HOUSING_COUNSELING_TRAINING.pdf#page=18

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 127248

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,500,000

Number of Grants:

HUD expects to make approximately 4 awards from the funds available under this NOFA.

Term of Contract:

The period of performance for this project begins on October 1, 2019 and ends on September 30, 2020.

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-profit organizations, other than institutions of higher education, are eligible to apply. Applicants must be a public or private non-profit organization and must submit evidence of “tax exempt” status under section 501(a) pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (26 USC 501(a) and (c)(3)). Applicants must have at least two years of experience providing housing counseling training services nationwide to housing counselors employed by housing counseling agencies participating in HUD’s Housing Counseling Program. Applicants are not required to be HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agencies.

For additional information on eligibility, see the following link:
https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FY19_HOUSING_COUNSELING_TRAINING.pdf#page=10

Ineligible Applicants:
- For-Profit Entities
- Indian Tribes
- Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHE)
- Native American Tribal Governments
- Individuals

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern time on 09/05/2019. Applications must be received no later than the deadline. Submit your application to Grants.gov unless a waiver has been issued allowing you to submit your application in paper form.

HUD strongly recommends applications be submitted at least 48 hours before the deadline and during regular business hours to allow enough time to correct errors or overcome other problems.

If your application is received by Grants.gov before the deadline, but is rejected with errors, you have a grace period of 24 hours after the application deadline to submit a corrected, received, and validated application through Grants.gov.

This Program does not require cost sharing, matching or leveraging.

Following the evaluation process, HUD will notify successful applicants of their selection for funding.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply: https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/login.faces?oppId=319215&origin=vgo-apply

Inquiries regarding this NOFA should be submitted to housing.counseling@hud.gov and indicate 'FY19 Training NOFA' in the subject line.

Judy Ayers Britton
(305) 520-5059
judith.a.ayersbritton@hud.gov

CFDA Number:

14.169

Funding or Pin Number:

FR-6300-N-30

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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