The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $47 million in housing counseling grants, with $903,831 going to 21 different counseling centers located throughout the state.
HUD says that goal is to help up to 1 million households find housing, make more informed housing choices or keep their current homes.
“HUD-approved housing counselors are on the front lines, guiding people through their first home purchase and the ups and downs of homeownership,” says HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “Their efforts give families a real opportunity to realize their dream of owning a home is obtainable by offering advice on affordable rental housing, home financing and tools to prevent foreclosure.”
These grants will directly support services provided by 31 national and regional organizations, six multi-state organizations, 19 State Housing Finance Agencies (SHFAs) and 207 local housing counseling agencies. In addition, HUD says it’s awarding $3.5 million to four national organizations to train and certify additional housing counselors.
Grant recipients address the full range of families’ housing counseling needs. This includes helping homebuyers evaluate their readiness for a home purchase, understand their financing and downpayment options, and navigate what can be a confusing and difficult homebuying process. The organizations also help households find affordable rental housing and offer financial literacy training to individuals and families struggling to repair credit problems that restrict their housing options.
In addition to providing counseling to homeowners and renters, these organizations assist homeless persons in finding the transitional housing they need to move toward a permanent place to live, and also senior citizens seeking reverse mortgages.
Florida agencies funded by HUD grants
Clearwater: Bright Community Trust, Inc. – $19,840
Clearwater: Tampa Bay Community Development Corporation – $33,878
Davie: Adopt A Hurricane Family, Inc. Dba Crisis Housing Solutions $23,706
Daytona Beach: Mid-Florida Housing Partnership, Inc. – $28,435
Fort Myers: Affordable Homeownership Foundation, Inc. – $30,280
Fort Myers: Home Ownership Resource Center of Lee County – $24,282
Jacksonville: Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. – $31,212
Lauderdale Lakes: Broward County Housing Authority – $24,837
Lighthouse Point: Debt Management Credit Counseling Corp. – $112,136
Lake Alfred: The Agriculture and Labor Program, Inc. – $17,908
Melbourne: Community Housing Initiative, Inc. – $30,101
Ocala: Ocala Housing Authority – $40,298
Opa-Locka: Opa-Locka Community Development Corporation –$27,325
Pensacola: Community Enterprise Investments, Inc. – $16,798
Plantation: Consolidated Credit Solutions, Inc. – $90,038
Port Charlotte: Comprehensive Housing Resources, Inc. – $25,104
Sarasota: Community Solutions 360, Inc. – $22,616
Tampa: Solita’s House, Inc. – $34,255
Tallahassee: Tallahassee Urban League, Inc. – $24,837
West Palm Beach: Credit Card Management Services, Inc. D/B/A Debthelper.Com – $219,442
·West Palm Beach: West Palm Beach Housing Authority – $26,503
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