The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $1.1 million in housing counseling grants to eight state and local organizations in Upstate New York. Awards were announced to two organizations in Rochester, as well as agencies in Niagara Falls, Binghamton, Schenectady, Fulton, and Belmont.
The New York State Housing Finance Agency also received $700,000.
See list of all counseling agencies awarded funding today. Those agencies include two in the Rochester area:
- Marketview Heights Association – $23,005
- Pathstone Corporation – $262,565
HUD’s housing counseling grant funding help support community-based organizations that assist low and moderate income families to improve their housing conditions. Counseling improves housing outcomes for homebuyers, homeowners, and renters.
Ways in which these agencies do this include:
- Helping homebuyers evaluate their readiness for a home purchase, understand their financing and down payment options, and navigate what can be an extremely confusing and difficult home-buying process
- Helping households find affordable rental housing and offer financial literacy training to individuals and families struggling to repair credit problems that restrict their housing options
- Assisting homeless persons in finding the transitional housing they need to move toward a permanent place to live
Visit the HUD website for a list of HUD-approved housing counseling agencies, or call (800) 569-4287.