HUD AWARDS $1.4 MILLION TO SUPPORT HOUSING COUNSELING PROGRAMS IN NEW JERSEY

HUD AWARDS $1.4 MILLION TO SUPPORT HOUSING COUNSELING PROGRAMS IN NEW JERSEY

The awards provide housing counseling agencies and HUD-approved intermediaries with funding to maintain and expand essential services for renters, buyers and landlords nationwide.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Monday awarded $51.4 million in housing counseling grants to 177 HUD-accredited housing counseling agencies and intermediary organizations. This includes funding for HUD-approved housing counseling agencies that partner with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI), or Other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI) . The funding supports housing counseling agencies in their essential work to stem the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on housing, maintain housing stability by helping families prevent foreclosures and rental evictions, and help families to make more informed housing choices. The awards also include funding for further training and education to attract and retain more housing counseling professionals.

In New Jersey, HUD awarded $1,429,328 to six HUD-approved housing counseling agencies and the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency to help New Jerseyans meet their housing needs. . Please see a table with local agency names and funding amounts below.

“Whether a family is looking for affordable rental housing, buying their first home, or struggling to stay in their current place, now more than ever, housing counselors are meeting the housing needs of families,” said Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “We are pleased to announce these grants to 177 HUD-approved housing counseling agencies across the country to support their work and further HUD’s mission to ensure that every American has access to safe and stable housing.

“Minorities have been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and this funding will provide our partners with resources that can help them support landlords and tenants through difficult times,” said Alicka Ampry-Samuel, HUD regional administrator for New York and New Jersey. HUD-approved housing counseling agencies are an invaluable resource, especially for low-income residents, who often don’t know where to turn for advice when they need advice on achieving financial stability. or risk losing their home.

$49.4 million in grants awarded today will directly support housing counseling services provided by local HUD-approved housing counseling agencies, national and regional organizations, multi-state organizations, and public housing counseling agencies. housing finance. HUD awarded $3 million of this funding to 16 HUD-approved housing counseling agencies that partner with HBCUs, HSIs, or other MSIs. This funding is designed to expand the roles and effectiveness of these institutions in meeting the needs of their local communities and strengthening their partnerships with housing counseling agencies. Recipients of these grants participated in the Department’s two-year Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), released on September 14, 2021.

Today, HUD also awarded an additional $2 million through its Notice of Housing Counseling Education Funding Opportunity (TNOFO) for fiscal year 2021 released November 2, 2021. These grants support the education and training of housing counsellors. The TNOFO includes training on how to provide advice to seniors looking for a home equity conversion mortgage (HECM) and training on the HUD Housing Counselor Certification Exam. HUD is awarding $300,000 of the $2 million to recipient organizations that will award training scholarships to students at HBCUs, tribal colleges and universities, and other MSIs enrolled in a counseling workforce development program in housing.

About HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agencies

HUD-accredited housing counseling agencies provide services to meet a full range of housing counseling needs. These include helping buyers assess their home readiness and navigating the home buying process, finding affordable rental housing, providing financial literacy training to individuals and families and to provide advice on foreclosure prevention. In addition to providing counseling to landlords and tenants, HUD-approved housing counseling agencies support emergency preparedness and disaster recovery efforts, help homeless people find transitional housing, and help seniors determine if a HECM or other reverse mortgage is right for them.

There are many ways to locate a HUD-approved housing counseling agency. Visit the HUD website or call (800) 569-4287 for our interactive phone book.

New Jersey

Agency name

FY21 CHC Awards

Hackensack

Northern New Jersey Fair Housing Council

$40,866.00

Manalapan

Garden State Consumer Credit Counseling, Inc. dba Navicore Solutions

$665,835.00

Trenton

New Jersey Housing and Community Development Network

$343,941.00

Paterson

City of Paterson Housing Authority

$16,912.00

Trenton

New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency

$300,000.00

Toms River

Ocean, Inc. (Ocean Community Economic Action Now, Inc.)

$25,000.00

Audubon

Senior Citizens United Community Services of Camden County, Inc.

$36,774.00

State of New Jersey Total

$1,429,328.00

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