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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Housing Counseling (OHC) has published an update to its Housing Counseling Program Handbook.

The update marks the first comprehensive changes since 2010 to the program’s handbook, which educates counseling program participants for their work in helping home buyers, owners and renters. The handbook also outlines how to become a HUD-approved housing counseling agency or HUD certified housing counselor and details the grant application process for those seeking HUD funding for their housing counseling programs.

“The updated handbook will benefit those helping individuals and families with their housing needs,” said Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner Julia Gordon. “Among other things, it includes enhanced guidance for counseling homeowners considering a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) so they can make an informed choice about options for aging in place.”