HUD boosts funds for housing counseling

$73 million in grants announced

The Obama administration is boosting funding to housing counseling agencies by 22 percent this year, Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan said in announcing nearly $73 million in grants to more than 500 national, regional and local organizations.

The grants, awarded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through a competitive process, are aimed at helping people become or remain homeowners or find rental housing.

Nearly $68 million in grant funding will will support the provision of housing counseling services by 24 national and regional organizations, five multistate organizations, and 484 state and local housing counseling agencies.