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Development of Housing Advisors

Housing Counseling Training Grant Program

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

11/19/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA public or private nonprofit organizations for the professional development of housing advisors. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Training programs must be provided nationwide. Funding is intended to assist Housing Counseling agencies (HCAs) in increasing the use of partnerships with local and state-wide organizations to provide additional place-based training on state and local 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.

Statutory requirements require that 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. 

HUD requires six (6) Core Topics in which housing counselors need to be trained and competent. These are: Financial Management; Property Maintenance; Homeownership and Tenancy; Fair Housing and other Civil Rights Laws and Requirements; Housing Affordability; 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 Rental Housing and Mortgage Delinquency and Default counseling. HUD also recognizes the important role housing counselors can provide in helping to mitigate delinquencies and defaults leading to foreclosures and evictions and how counseling services directly result in a mitigation of losses to the FHA Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund. This funding assistance will expand the number of agencies and counselors who can provide Rental HUD Housing and Mortgage Delinquency and Default counseling.

While these areas of specialty are most important, HUD also encourages housing counselor workforce development through programs designed to prepare students for future careers in housing counseling, to strengthen the overall capacity of the HUD housing counseling network. These programs can be administered directly by Training NOFO (TNOFO) grantees, or by partnering with institutions of higher education, including but not limited to, Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), or other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). Current HUD priorities also center on Disaster Preparation and Recovery. Housing Counseling agencies (HCAs) 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. HUD recognizes that counselors may specialize in specific housing counseling topics, and that counselors will need more than general housing counseling training to provide high quality services that include general and specialized housing counseling topics. This NOFO supports courses that provide training in the areas of disaster preparation and recovery that prepare counselors for providing disaster-related quality housing counseling services.

For required activities, see: https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FR-6500-N-30_FY21_HCT_NOFO.pdf#page=16

For eligible activities and training topics, see: https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FR-6500-N-30_FY21_HCT_NOFO.pdf#page=17

For a list of additional requirements, see: https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FR-6500-N-30_FY21_HCT_NOFO.pdf#page=22

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 127248

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,000,000

Number of Grants:

HUD expects to make approximately 5 awards from the funds available under this NOFO.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum Award Amount: $2,000,000

Term of Contract:

The initial period of performance for grants awarded under this program will be for a period of fifteen (15) months. For planning purposes, Applicants should assume that the period of performance is July 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022.

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 HCAs.

For additional information on eligibility, see the following link:
https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FR-6500-N-30_FY21_HCT_NOFO.pdf#page=14

Ineligible Applicants:
- For-Profit Entities
- Indian Tribes (including as Alaska native villages) and their Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHE)
- Individuals

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Standard time on 11/19/2021. 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.

As required by 2 CFR 25.200 and 24 CFR Part 5 Subpart K, all Applicants for financial assistance must have an active DUNS number (http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform) and have an active registration in the SAM (www.sam.gov) before submitting an application. Getting a DUNS number and completing SAM registration can take up to four (4) weeks; therefore, Applicants should start this process or check their status early.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=336390

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

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=336390&origin=vgo-apply

Inquiries regarding this NOFO should be submitted to housing.counseling@hud.gov and indicate 'FY21 Training NOFO' in the subject line.

Questions regarding specific program requirements for this NOFO should be directed to the POC listed below.

Joel Ray Ibanez
714-955-0812
Joel.R.Ibanez@hud.gov

Grants.gov Customer Support:
(800) 518-GRANTS
support@grants.gov

CFDA Number:

14.169

Funding or Pin Number:

FR-6500-N-30

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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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