NeighborWorks America Receives $4 Million for Housing Counseling
NeighborWorks® America announced that it received $4 million in a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that will enable the NeighborWorks® Center for Homeownership Education and Counseling (NCHEC) and the NeighborWorks® Training Institute to provide housing counseling training and certification to professionals in the field and housing counseling support grants to over a hundred NeighborWorks organizations around the country.
In addition, 17 NeighborWorks® organizations individually were awarded housing counseling grants totaling nearly $680,000.
“We are excited about the tremendous support from HUD,” said Jayna Bower, director of the NeighborWorks® Center for Homeownership Education and Counseling. “Our ability to equip counselors around the country with the critical knowledge and skills they need to help more families understand the increasingly complicated homeownership process, and to help resident leaders improve their communities from the ground up is greatly enhanced by the grants from HUD.”
NeighborWorks America trains and certifies counseling professionals through a variety of venues, including at least four national NeighborWorks Training Institutes around the country each year and increasingly through regional events conducted at local venues.
Last week, NeighborWorks America participated in the National Assn. of REALTORS® annual convention and participated on a panel addressing solutions to the on-going residential foreclosure crisis, including the vital role that housing counselors are playing in helping families to avoid foreclosure. Between October 1, 2006, and September 30, 2007, NeighborWorks America awarded over 6,000 training certificates to counselors in homeownership education, counseling and lending.
About NeighborWorks® America
NeighborWorks® America creates opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. To date, we have assisted nearly 850,000 low- to moderate-income families with their housing needs. Much of our success is achieved through our support of the NeighborWorks® network ― more than 235 community development organizations working in 4,400 urban, suburban and rural communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In the last five years, NeighborWorks® organizations have generated more than $12.4 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks® America is the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.