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HUD Awards More Than $2 Million In Housing Counseling Grants

NEW YORK  – As part of its continuing effort to assist families and individuals with their housing needs and to prevent future foreclosures, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today (June 19) announced that local nonprofit groups across New York, as well as state and national organizations based in the state, will receive $2,079,547 to carry out this important work.

The award is part of more than $40 million in housing counseling grants awarded nationwide to 334 national, regional and local organizations.

As a result of these grants and the additional funding they help leverage, more than 1.6 million households will have a greater opportunity to find housing, make more informed housing choices or keep their current homes.

Among the list of grantees are two in Oswego County.

Mutual Housing Association of New York Management
City of Fulton Community Development Agency
$16,690 – Comprehensive Counseling

The city of Fulton Community Development Agency, created as the Fulton Urban Renewal Agency by an Act of the New York legislature in 1966, is a municipal corporation providing economic development loans and small business technical assistance, rental assistance, housing rehab, HUD’s Small Cities Programs, infrastructure improvements, housing and affordable homeownership opportunities, and oversees fair housing issues.

As a HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agency, Fulton CDA provides the following housing counseling services: rental housing needs, fair housing issues, pre-purchase and homebuyer assistance, mortgage delinquency/default issues, post-purchase non-delinquent and rehabilitation problems.
www.fultoncda.com

Oswego Housing Development Council, Inc.
Parish, NY
$16,321 – Comprehensive Counseling

OHDC is a private, non-profit organization serving low income Oswego County residents and governed by a community based board to provide a range of housing choices to the low-income, homeless or those in need of housing by developing, building, (renovating), acting as an administrator or manager, and forging partnerships with social service providers, contractors, real estate sellers, and local government to ensure needs are met.

The Oswego Housing Development Council was established in 1979 and is based in Parish.

OHDC is a Rural Preservation Company and its service area is primarily Oswego County.

It seeks to ensure safe and sanitary affordable housing for very low- to moderate-income persons through the development and rehabilitation of housing.

The council shall serve those areas which demonstrate the greatest need and will try to provide homeownership opportunities wherever possible.

OHDC staff can be reached by calling (315) 625-4520 or www.ohdcinc.org

“Make no mistake: these grants will do a lot of good,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “The HUD-approved counseling agencies this funding supports are crucial in helping families manage their money, navigate the home buying process, and secure their financial futures. The evidence is clear that housing counseling works. These grants are a smart investment to help families and individuals find and keep housing which helps promote neighborhood stability in the long term.”

HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.

HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and  transform the way HUD does business.

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