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YNDC Approved as HUD-Certified Housing Counseling Agency

Thursday, January 30, 2014

On January 7th, YNDC received approval as a HUD-Certified Housing Counseling Agency for the purpose of helping residents of the Youngstown Metropolitan area achieve sustainable home ownership. The organization is now certified to assist clients with addressing and resolving the barriers to home ownership in one-on-one counseling sessions as well as in a group, classroom-style setting. YNDC’s Housing Counseling services address the following topics:

Pre-purchase & Homebuyer Education – Subject matter includes but is not limited to advice regarding readiness and preparation for home ownership; Federal Housing Administration insured financing; housing selection and mobility; search assistance; fair housing, fair lending and predatory lending; budgeting and credit; loan product and feature comparison; purchase procedures and closing costs; money management (does not include debt management plan programs); selecting a real estate agent; and home inspection. Counseling sessions and workshops also may include guidance on alternative sources of mortgage credit; down payment assistance; locating housing that provides universal design and visibility; how to apply for special programs available to potential homebuyers; how to purchase a home using the Section 8 Home Ownership Voucher Program; and referrals to community services and regulatory agencies.

Non-Delinquency Post-Purchase Counseling – These counseling sessions and education workshops provide home maintenance and financial management for homeowners, on topics including but not limited to escrow funds; budgeting; refinancing; home equity; home improvement; utility costs; energy efficiency; and rights and responsibilities of homeowners. This area of counseling may also cover loan and grant options; housing codes and housing enforcement procedures; accessibility codes and how to design features to provide accessibility for persons with disabilities; non-discriminatory lending and funding for persons who modify their dwellings to accommodate disabilities; visibility and universal design; how to specify and bid construction work; and how to enter into and manage construction contracts including actions to address the non-performance of contractors.