HUD awards Fla. $822K in housing counseling grants

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded more than $50 million in housing counseling grants to hundreds of national, regional and local organizations to help with housing needs and prevent future foreclosures.

Of that money $822,814 is going to 24 Florida-based home counseling organizations. Additional money should come to Florida by way of grants to nationally based counseling organizations headquartered in other states.

“This is a smart investment in helping families find and keep their homes,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “Quite simply, knowledge is power. We know that armed with the information they need, those who receive counseling services are far more successful in buying, renting or avoiding foreclosure.”

More than $47 million of the grants will directly support counseling services provided by 31 national and regional organizations, six multi-state organizations, 19 State Housing Finance Agencies (SHFAs) and 199 local housing counseling agencies. In addition, HUD awarded $3.5 million to four national organizations to train housing counselors.

Grant recipients address multiple housing counseling needs, including helping homebuyers evaluate their readiness for a purchase. It helps them understand financing and downpayment options, and navigate what can be a confusing and difficult process. The organizations also help households find affordable rental housing and offer financial literacy training for those struggling to repair credit problems.

In addition, many of the organizations assist homeless persons in finding the transitional housing they need to move toward a permanent place to live. Many also assist senior citizens seeking reverse mortgages.

Florida groups receiving HUD counseling funds

Affordable Homeownership Foundation Inc., Fort Myers
$20,953.00 – http://ahf.today
The Agricultural and Labor Program Inc., Lake Alfred
$17,527.00 – www.alpi.org
All American Foreclosure Solutions Inc., Cape Coral
$20,132.00 – www.aafshousinghelp.org
Bright Community Trust, Clearwater
$21,094.00 – www.thebrightway.org
Broward County Housing Authority, Lauderdale Lakes
$23,415.00 – www.bchafl.org
Crisis Housing Solutions (Adopt a Hurricane Family Inc.), Davie
$20,146.00 – www.crisishousingsolutions.org
Community Enterprise Investments Inc., Pensacola
$22,453.00 –http://www.ceii-cdc.org
Community Housing Initiative Inc., Melbourne
$23,147.00 – www.CHIBrevard.org
Comprehensive Housing Resources Inc., Port Charlotte
$20,825.00 – www.comprehensivehousingresources.org
Consolidated Credit Solutions, Ft. Lauderdale
$46,737.00 – www.consolidatedcreditsolutions.org
Credit Card Management Services DBA Debthelper.com, West Palm Beach
$198,435.00 – www.debthelper.com
Debt Management Credit Counseling Corp., Lighthouse Point
$124,970.00 – www.dmcconline.org
Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville Inc., Jacksonville
$19,042.00 – www.habijax.org
Home Ownership Resource Center of Lee County Inc., Fort Myers
$18,900.00 – http://horcswfl.org/index.php
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Inc., Jacksonville
$22,736.00 – www.jaxlegalaid.org
Lee County Housing Development Corporation, Fort Myers
$18,079.00 – www.LeeCountyhdc.org
Manatee Community Action Agency Inc., Bradenton
$20,811.00 – www.manateecaa.org
Miami Beach Community Development Corporation, Miami Beach
$14,655.00 – www.miamibeachcdc.com/
Mid-Florida Housing Partnership Inc., Daytona Beach
$22,736.00 – www.mfhp.org
Ocala Housing Authority, Ocala
$28,370.00 – www.ocalahousing.org
Opa-locka Community Development Corporation, Opa-locka
$23,005.00 – www.olcdc.org
Solita’s House Inc., Tampa
$26,161.00 – www.solitashouse.com/
Tampa Bay Community Development Corporation, Clearwater
$25,340.00 – www.tampabaycdc.org
West Palm Beach Housing Authority, West Palm Beach
$23,415.00 – www.wpbha.org
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