US Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, recently announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded six Housing Counseling Program grants, totaling $184,849, to housing counseling agencies across the state.
The funds, according to HUD, will help provide essential housing counseling services to individuals and families to help with property maintenance, financial management and preparation for affordable homeownership.
“Losing a home to foreclosure or eviction is life-changing for a family – no one should be left homeless,” Brown said in a press release.
“These vital housing counseling resources will ensure landlords and tenants – especially landlords and tenants of color who have been hardest hit by this pandemic – have the tools and support they need to navigate the system. housing complex of our country.”
Fair Housing executive director Patricia Kidd noted that the agency writes for the program’s grant funds on an annual basis.
The non-profit organization offers advice to landlords and tenants with rental housing problems and provides information on landlord-tenant laws and the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants.
“We didn’t receive any funding this year for (the) landlord-tenant hotline, so the funding we received will go towards our foreclosure prevention and (dispute) mediation program,” Kidd said.
Fair Housing received the largest sum from the state, she added.
In addition to housing assistance fund provided by HUD, in February Brown and Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, introduced legislation to expand access to housing advice and support services for landlords, tenants, people experiencing homelessness and people at risk of homelessness during the COVID-19 crisis.
This bill generated an additional $100 million in housing counseling funds that were provided through the US Bailout Act and distributed to local organizations through the Housing Stability Counseling Program administered by NeighborWorks Americasays the press release.
HUD provides support to a nationwide network of housing counseling agencies.
Accredited entities provide tools for current owners, potential buyers, renters, homeless people and disaster victims, so they can make responsible choices to meet their housing needs.