$600k For Housing Counseling

HOCMN January 6, 2011

Homeownership Advisor Network Members Receive almost $600k in HUD Grants The Minnesota Home Ownership congratulates members of the Homeownership Advisors Network who have received over $638k in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These funds will support the delivery of a wide variety of housing counseling services to help individuals […]

Homeownership Advisor Network Members Receive almost $600k in HUD Grants

The Minnesota Home Ownership congratulates members of the Homeownership Advisors Network who have received over $638k in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These funds will support the delivery of a wide variety of housing counseling services to help individuals and families in Minnesota improve their access to affordable housing, expand their homeownership opportunities, and avoid foreclosure and foreclosure rescue scams.

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan stated, “Now, more than ever, it’s crucial that we support these agencies that are working with struggling families on a one-to-one basis to manage their money, navigate the home-buying process, and secure their financial futures.”

In Minnesota, the distribution of these funds will support:

ANOKA COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM, INC (Blaine), $37,949.74
ARROWHEAD ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AGENCY, INC. (Virginia), $41,391.11
CARVER COUNTY COMMNITY DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (Chaska), $39,916.24
COMMUNITY ACTION DULUTH, $41,882.73
DAKOTA COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (Eagan), $61,882.73
LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES/ CCCS OF DULUTH, $110,899.48
REVERSE MORTGAGE COUNSELORS, INC (St. Paul), $35,983.25
SAINT PAUL DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, $89,832.47
TRI-COUNTY ACTION PROGRAM, INC. (Waite Park), $35,000.00
TWIN CITIES HABITAT FOR HUMANITY (Minneapolis), $35,500.00
WASHINGTON COUNTY HOUSING AND REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (St. Paul Park), $62,865.98

Over $150k of the grant awards listed above were granted as Mortgage Modification and Mortgage Scams Assistance dollars that will be used by organizations to provide homeowners information about fair lending abuses and mortgage ‘rescue’ scams. Ed Nelson, spokesman for the Minnesota Home Ownership Center stated, “These funds will go a long way to helping the counseling agencies spread the word about dangerous, and costly, foreclosure rescue scams in Minnesota.”

The Homeownership Advisors Network is the State of Minnesota’s premier network of housing counseling agencies and is supported by the Minnesota Home Ownership Center. Members of the Homeownership Advisors Network are highly trained, certified professionals that provide advice and guidance for Minnesota families as they struggle to find and maintain stable housing.

For more information about the Homeownership Advisors Network or the statewide media campaign known as “Look Before You Leap” that continues to warn Minnesota homeowners to be on the lookout for foreclosure rescue scams, visit the Minnesota Home Ownership Center’s website at www.hocmn.org

In addition to the funds listed above granted to members of the Homeownership Advisors Network, other organizations in MN also received HUD grants:

CATHOLIC CHARITIES DIOCESE OF ST. CLOUD, $44,340.85
SOUTHERN MINNESOTA REGIONAL LEGAL SERVICES, INC. (St. Paul) 45,324
HOUSING PRESERVATION FOUNDATION (Supports National Network) $2.4mm

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