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Becoming a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency

August 15, 10:00 am EDT - August 16, 3:30 pm EDT

There are many things to take into consideration when aiming to become a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling agency. Organizations may apply as a Local Housing Counseling Agency, Intermediary, Multi-state organization, or as a state housing finance agency. How does an agency determine which entity best describes them? What services should a housing counseling agency provide to their community? Are there any services a housing counseling agency should not offer? What should be included in the Work Plan? These questions and many more will be discussed in this informative two day course.

Participants will leave with a thorough understanding of the criteria and recognize the requirements agencies must meet to receive HUD approval.

Participants will learn:

  • Determine the qualifying criteria
  • Review the application process
  • Consider the agency’s work plan requirements
  • Discuss the role of the Intermediary
  • Differentiate housing counseling services

Instructor:  Sid Alvarado

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August 15, 10:00 am EDT
August 16, 3:30 pm EDT
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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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