Ben Carson: HUD Supporting Agencies Across Florida Through Supplemental Housing Counseling Grants

This week, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sec. Ben Carson announced $12.5 million in supplemental housing counseling grants, including more than $390,000 for more than 20 agencies across Florida.

HUD announced the grants on Tuesday.

“These supplemental grants will support quality housing counseling services, including the foreclosure avoidance and rental counseling services used by many families as they work to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” HUD noted. “The grants awarded today will directly support the housing counseling services provided by 219 HUD-approved local housing counseling agencies, national and regional organizations, and state housing finance agencies (SHFAs) who competed under HUD’s FY 2020 Supplemental Comprehensive Housing Counseling Grant Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) or HUD’s FY 2019/2020 Comprehensive Housing Counseling NOFA.”

“This funding comes at exactly the right time to support the nation’s homeowners and renters who are struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and who can benefit from the assistance of a housing counselor to remain in their homes,” said Carson on Tuesday.

“Our hope is that those affected by the pandemic who need housing help will reach out to qualified housing counseling professionals to help them understand what their options are,” said U.S. Asst. Sec. for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner Dana Wade. “The grants awarded today will help housing counseling agencies assist a greater number of clients who are seeking assistance.”

HUD announced it will send $394,708 to the following projects across Florida:

  • Davie Adopt a Hurricane Family, Inc. $3,419
  • Fort Myers Affordable Homeownership Foundation Inc. $7,708
  • Clearwater Bright Community Trust, Inc. $22,263
  • Pensacola Community Enterprise Investments Inc. $3,678
  • Melbourne Community Housing Initiative, Inc. $6,529
  • Port Charlotte Comprehensive Housing Resources, Inc. $6,529
  • Plantation Consolidated Credit Solutions, Inc. $15,355
  • West Palm Beach Credit Card Management Services, Inc. $38,240
  • Lighthouse Point Debt Management Credit Counseling Corp. $29,071
  • Jacksonville Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, Inc. $4,975
  • Pembroke Pines Housing Foundation of America $166,039
  • Jacksonville Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. $6,596
  • Fort Myers Lee County Housing Development Corporation $6,143
  • Daytona Beach Mid-Florida Housing Partnership, Inc. $8,091
  • Ocala Ocala Housing Authority $9,953
  • Opa-locka Opa-Locka Community Development Corporation, Inc. $8,216
  • Tampa Solitas House Inc. $10,032
  • St Augustine St Johns County Board Of County Commissioners $6,795
  • Sarasota Step Up Suncoast, Inc. $4,588
  • Tallahassee Tallahassee Urban League, Inc. $5,364
  • Clearwater Tampa Bay Community Development Corporation $11,197
  • Lake Alfred The Agricultural and Labor  Program, Incorporated $3,938
  • Fort Myers The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers $4,584
  • West Palm Beach West Palm Beach Housing Authority $5,405

 

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.

 

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