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Could a “housing consultation” help alleviate the problems of buying a new home in Pennsylvania?

June 18, 2024 – On Monday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Housing Counseling announced the award of $10 million in grants through its Homeownership Initiative to 23 HUD-approved housing counseling agencies. The funds will support the activities of these agencies to prepare and equip prospective homebuyers to successfully navigate the homebuying process and help them find the affordable homes they deserve.

The announcement was made Monday morning in Harrisburg, PA, by Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner Julia Gordon at the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, which received a grant through the program. The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency will receive more than $479,000 through this funding opportunity to support its network of partners in providing homeownership counseling programs to underserved communities across the state.

“Housing agencies play a unique and critical role in helping first-time buyers own a home,” said Julia Gordon, Assistant Minister for Housing. “Today's grants will help housing agencies across the country reach those who may never have believed they could own a home, and help them prepare for and maintain home ownership.”

The grants awarded today will enable HUD-approved housing counseling agencies to provide culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate pre- and post-sale housing counseling services with the goal of increasing homeownership rates in historically underserved communities.

Anna Harden

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