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Housing Counseling Training Program

Federal Funds for Training Housing Counselors

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United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Deadline Date:

02/07/12 11:59:59 PM eastern time


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Federal funds of up to $665,000 are available to non-profits involved with training housing counselors to advise on various topics related to homes and their surroundings. Funds should be used to increase the quality and standardization of home counseling. Training should include topics such as: creating strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality, affordable homes for all.


1. Strengthen the Nation’s Housing Market to Bolster the Economy and Protect Consumers

2. Meet the Need for Quality Affordable Rental Homes

3. Utilize Housing as a Platform for Improving Quality of Life

4. Build Inclusive and Sustainable Communities Free from Discrimination

5. Transform the Way HUD Does Business

HUD’s FY2012 Policy Priorities are:

1. Job creation

Activities sustain economic development in low-income communities and job creation opportunities for low-income residents of HUD-assisted housing beyond the length of the program.

2. Sustainability

Activities actively promote sustainability through energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, healthy design, including elements of visitability and universal design. For applicable projects, regional- or metropolitan-level strategies are employed to increase location efficiency and disaster resiliency.

3. Affirmatively furthering fair housing

Activities affirmatively further fair housing, actively preventing discrimination because of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, or familial status. Activities will reduce racial segregation and overcome impediments to fair housing choice, employing regional- or metropolitan-level strategies, when applicable.

4. Capacity building and knowledge sharing

Activities strengthen the capacity of state and local government and non-profit partners to implement HUD programs; coordinate on cross-programmatic, place-based approaches; and encourage ongoing communication.

5. Using housing as a platform for improving other outcomes

Programs thoroughly connect HUD assistance to other federal agency programs and benefits in efforts to improve outcomes such as the health, education, safety, environmental, and/or economic outcomes of target populations.

6. Expand cross-cutting policy knowledge

Data tracking efforts integrate housing and community development data with data about outcomes such as health, education, safety, self sufficiency, transportation, and sustainability. Beyond measuring program impacts, analysis of the activities will add to the existing body of policy knowledge through collaboration with other public agencies and/or universities.

-Although matching or cost sharing may not be required, HUD programs often encourage applicants to leverage grant funds with other funding to receive higher rating points.

-Unless otherwise provided in the program NOFA, FY2012 funds may not be used to pay or to provide reimbursement for payment of the salary of a consultant at a rate more than the equivalent of General Schedule 15, Step 10, base rate plus locality pay in accordance with Office of Personnel Management pay scales posted at

-Reviewers of applications will take into account an applicant’s past performance in managing funds

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 127248

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $665,000


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be public or private non-profit organizations and must have “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.

Applicants may utilize in-house staff, sub-grant recipients, consultants, and networks of local organizations with requisite experience and capacity. However, one organization must be designated as the primary applicant.

Sub-grantees must be public or private non-profit organizations and must have “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)].

-Participating agencies must be housing counseling and intermediary organizations participating in HUD’s Housing Counseling Program, including HUD-approved agencies, and affiliates and branches of HUD-approved intermediaries, HUD-approved multi-state organizations, and state housing finance agencies.

Not Funded:
HUD does not directly fund individuals

Pre-Application Information:

-The proposal must include a scholarship element, detailing the full or partial costs to be covered, including travel, hotel, and tuition expenses to be awarded to housing counselors.
-The proposal must include a testing and certification component demonstrating successful completion of training by the student.
-Must have a DUNS number, and it must reflect the applicant organization that is to receive funding from HUD.
-Must have an active registration in the CCR.
-HUD may require, depending upon the program, that a selected applicant participate in negotiations to determine the specific terms of the funding agreement and budget. In cases where HUD cannot successfully conclude negotiations with a selected applicant or a selected applicant fails to provide HUD with requested information, an award will not be made to that applicant.

Contact Information:

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

Departmental Grants Management and Oversight, Office of Administration
Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 7th Street, SW, Room 3156
Washington, DC 20410-5000

Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

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