The OHC is positioned within the Office of Housing, and answers to the FHA Commissioner/Asst. Secretary of Housing. OHC is centered at HUD Headquarters, Washington, DC… but, many of it’s 67 staff members are out-stationed across the country. There are three offices situated within the OHC… - Policy and Grant Administration- Director, Brian Siebenlist… Wash DCOutreach and Capacity Building- Director, Jerry Mayer… Santa Ana, CAOversight and Accountability- Director, Cheryl Appline… Atlanta, GA
The Office of the DAS leads the OHC in achieving its mission and supporting the industry by setting the standards and strategies to accomplish agency goals regarding the Housing Counseling Program. The Office of Policy and Grant Administration (PGA) assist in accomplishing these goals by establishing and maintaining policies and procedures that will foster growth in the program, and measuring the success of these policies through research and analysis.
The Office of Outreach and Capacity Building (OCB) supports the OHC by acting as the “go to” office for all concerns related to the Housing Counseling Program. OCB seeks to improve HUD’s relations with the housing counseling industry by providing training and certification opportunities, technical assistance, conducting stakeholder forums, streamlining various processes of the program and working directly with an Advisory Committee that will consist of various industry and community stakeholders.
The Office of Oversight and Accountability (OOA) will work to ensure the quality and integrity of the Housing Counseling program by monitoring and enforcing established policies and requirements. The OOA will provide training regarding specific areas of program compliance, while administering a newly created counselor certification program mandated under Dodd-Frank.
Keep your eyes open and check for the upcoming announcement at www.grants.gov.
HUD - Sarah Gerecke Webinar 11.28.2012 11.28.12
Presented by: Sarah Gerecke,Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Housing Counseling
HUD Office of Housing Counseling (OHC) Our Goals Impact of Housing Counseling Authority OHC: Who Are We? OHC Offices Program Oversight and Administration FY2013 NOFA QuestionsOffice of Housing Counseling Update November 28, 2012 Slide 2
OHC Goals • To help consumers assess their financial situation and achieve their housing goals. • To increase public awareness of HUD’s housing counseling programs. • To increase the knowledge and capacity of HUD’s housing counseling network. • To improve the impact of housing counseling on consumers and neighborhoods nationwide.Office of Housing Counseling Update 3 November 28, 2012 Slide 3
Trends in Housing Counseling ActivityOffice of Housing Counseling Update 4 November 28, 2012 Slide 4
Trends in Housing Counseling Funding • In February and March 2012, the National Housing Resource Center conducted an informal survey of housing counseling agencies to determine the extent of recent funding reductions and their impact on counseling services. • 85% of respondents had experienced reductions in funding compared to previous years. Only 3% reported increases in funding.Office of Housing Counseling Update 5 November 28, 2012 Slide 5
Impact on Agencies • Respondents were aware of 46 agencies that shut down due to cuts.Office of Housing Counseling Update 6 November 28, 2012 Slide 6
FY12 Housing Counseling Activity• Despite lower funding and staffing levels, the need for housing counseling services remains high.• HUD-approved HCAs have served more than 1.2 million households through the first three quarters of FY 12.• Nearly 80% of clients received one-on-one counseling services.Office of Housing Counseling Update 7 November 28, 2012 Slide 7
The OHC is an opportunity to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, scale and impact of housing counseling The Dodd-Frank Act required HUD to establish a new Office of Housing Counseling (OHC) The OHC came into being on October 1, 2012 Sarah Gerecke appointed Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Office of Housing CounselingOffice of Housing Counseling Update November 28, 2012 Slide 8
Dodd-Frank also prescribed changes for the Housing Counseling Program: Create an Advisory Committee to provide strategic planning and policy guidance Certify housing counselors through written examination Examine standards for Program Approval, Materials, Training, Testing and Counselor Certifications Streamlining the grant application process Certify software systems for consumers to compare mortgage products to individual financial situationsOffice of Housing Counseling Update November 28, 2012 Slide 9
Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Sarah Gerecke Sarah.S.Gerecke@hud.gov Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary VACANTOffice of Policy and Grant Administration Office of Outreach and Capacity Building Office of Oversight & AccountabilityDirector Office Director Office Director Brian Siebenlist Brian.N.Siebenlist@hud.gov VACANT Cheryl Appline Cheryl.W.Appline@hud.govDeputy Director Deputy Director Deputy Director Kristin Johnsen Kristin.Johnsen@hud.gov Jerrold Mayer Jerrold.H.Mayer@hud.gov VACANT . Division Division Director Director Emelda Kennerly Emelda.J.Kennerly@hud.gov Phyllis Ford Phyllis.Ford@hud.gov 67 staff in 30 locations Deputy Director Deputy Director Lorraine Griscavage-Frisbee Carolyn Hogans E.Carolyn.Hogans@hud.gov from Alaska to Florida email@example.comOffice of Housing Counseling Update November 28, 2012 Slide 10
Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the OHC The mission of the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) is to provide leadership and vision to the OHC, to help consumers assess their financial situation and achieve their housing goals. The DAS’s Office provides advice to leadership and management of the Department as it relates to legislation, regulation, policy development and grant administration, budget, training and technical assistance, program evaluation and oversight. The DAS’s office sets the strategic direction for HUD’s OHC. Office of Policy and Grant Administration The mission of the Office of Policy and Grant Administration is to create a stronger, more sustainable framework and infrastructure for HUD’s Housing Counseling Programs. Responsible for: Housing Counseling Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) administration; developing regulations; measuring and reporting housing counseling impact, and addressing stakeholder concerns.Office of Housing Counseling Update November 28, 2012 Slide 11
Office of Outreach and Capacity Building Mission is to train and certify housing counselors and increase public awareness of HUD’s housing counseling programs. Will work with housing counselors to help prepare them for HUD certification. Will connect with counselors to listen to their concerns, answer questions, and discuss new HUD policies and initiatives. Will assemble an Advisory Committee mandated by Dodd-Frank legislation. Will provide technical assistance to HUD counseling agencies as needed and requested.Office of Housing Counseling Update November 28, 2012 Slide 12
Office of Oversight and Accountability Mission is to ensure quality and effective counseling services through monitoring and certification of HUD-approved agencies and counselors. Will provide training in all aspects of housing counseling and analyze the compliance and effectiveness of HUD-approved agencies and counselors. Will gather data and prepare reports on the activities and outcomes of housing counseling agencies. Will administer contract and certification programs of the Office of Housing Counseling. Will assist in developing policy and regulations for the OHC; and recommend/implement sanctions for noncompliance of such regulations.Office of Housing Counseling Update November 28, 2012 Slide 13
• Distribute grants quickly, while reducing unnecessary paperwork.• Strengthen relations and communication between HUD and housing counseling network, in order to achieve broader community impact.• Ensure quality counseling while streamlining review process.• Fix HUD program requirements and provide training on new program policy.• Conduct research analysis on the impact of housing counseling.• Report long term impact of housing counseling on consumers and neighborhoods.• Explore incorporating housing counseling into more public and private rental and mortgage programs.• Increase the financial viability of housing counseling.Office of Housing Counseling Update November 28, 2012 Slide 14
• Newly Assigned Points of Contact (POC)• Counselor Certification• Encourage HFAs, regional and local coalitions to consider options of bonding as Intermediary networks• Encourage LHCAs to seek funds through an Intermediary network• Increase remote monitoring• Approve agencies for up to a three year period based on several factorsOffice of Housing Counseling Update November 28, 2012 Slide 15
• Please check for the announcement at: www.grants.gov QUESTIONS?Office of Housing Counseling Update November 28, 2012 Slide 16
Office of Housing Counseling web page: www.hud.gov/housingcounselingQuestions or comments - firstname.lastname@example.orgOffice of Housing Counseling Update November 28, 2012 Slide 17