Today’s post originally appeared in VHDA’s Spring 2015 eNews. Sign up for VHDA eNews.
Housing counselors are available throughout the state to help people when making major decisions about their finances and housing options -- but many people don't know they exist! That was the consensus based on a survey VHDA sent to 32 non-profit, HUD-approved housing counseling agencies, who receive funding through the HUD grant program we administer. As a result of that survey, our Housing Education and Marketing departments are now working with these agencies to launch a statewide awareness campaign about housing counseling.
The campaign will launch with online ads that lead to a landing page on VHDA's website. The landing page provides information on the availability and importance of housing counseling, the various types of housing counselors and that their services are often free. It explains how to prepare for a counseling session including what documents to bring, and has a link to the HUD website where you can search for a housing counselor in your area.
HUD-approved housing counseling agencies provide trustworthy, free or low-cost advice. They help clients understand if they're financially ready to buy a home, and how much they can afford. They also offer expertise in rental housing, financial and credit counseling, foreclosure prevention and post-purchase counseling including information on reverse mortgages.