Our Work as a HUD Housing Counseling Intermediary
As a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Intermediary, we facilitate the distribution of HUD Housing Counseling Funds to a strong network of nonprofit agencies in Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri. By providing infrastructural and administrative support, we help agencies become more efficient and provide more comprehensive housing counseling services to their communities. We also aid them when it comes to managing funding, compiling reports, training staff, and staying abreast of new funding opportunities.
Our partner agencies offer an impressive array of housing programs and services. They provide financial management and budget counseling, mortgage delinquency and default counseling, pre-purchase education, one-on-one homeownership counseling, rental information, fair housing guidance, rehabilitation programs, reverse mortgage counseling, homeless prevention support, predatory lending education, and foreclosure prevention options.
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Illinois State University Stevenson Fellow
Housing Action Illinois is excited to host a fellow from the Stevenson Center at Illinois State University, Andrew Kuka, from July 2016 until June 2017. Andrew is assisting us in managing the Intermediary and our client management system work. He hails from New Jersey, is pursuing his master’s in Sociology, and spent two years serving in AmeriCorps, including a term of service was with Rebuilding Together in Bergen County, NJ, where he supervised and directly aided in the repair of homes affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Bringing it all Together: Respond Now
Respond Now, which provides immediate, short-term assistance to families in the Chicago Southland, first relied on Housing Action Illinois as a policy advocate. The social services provider looked to us for state and federal policy updates and to advocate for policies that would help them help their clients.
Then, five years ago, Respond Now realized that their clients needed help with foreclosures and came to us for assistance. Together, we developed a plan for creating a new housing counseling program. Housing Action trained their staff in counseling, helped them find funding, and placed an AmeriCorps VISTA who worked extensively on their application for HUD certification. We’re proud to say that today Respond Now is both a HUD-approved housing counseling agency and part of our Intermediary network, with the capacity to serve 300 clients a year.
A New Look: Western Egyptian E.O.C.
Western Egyptian E.O.C. already had a housing counseling program when they came to Housing Action Illinois for assistance, but they needed help getting the word out about their services and wanted to make sure they would pass their upcoming HUD review. We helped them edit and update their marketing materials, and we helped them prepare for the HUD performance review. They were able to bring in and counsel 125 clients within a year, passed their review, and are now one of our Intermediary Affiliates.
2016 – 2017 Affiliate Network
Access Living, Chicago
Bethel New Life, Chicago
Brightpoint, Fort Wayne
CDBG Operations Corp., East St. Louis
Community & Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA), Chicago
CEFS Economic Opportunity Corporation, Effingham
Center for Changing Lives, Chicago
Community Service Council of N. Will County, Bolingbrook
DuPage Homeownership Center, Wheaton
Embarras River Basin Agency, Greenup
Ford Heights Community Service Organization, Ford Heights
Genesis Housing Development Center, Chicago
HOPE of Evansville, Evansville
Housing Opportunities, Valparaiso
Housing Opportunity Development Corp., Techny
Indiana Legal Services, Indianapolis
Justine Petersen, Inc., St. Louis
Kingdom Community, Chicago
Menard County Housing Authority, Petersburg
Northside Community Development Corporation, Chicago
Oak Park Regional Housing Center, Oak Park
Respond Now, Chicago Heights
Restoration America, Crystal Lake
South Suburban Housing Center, Homewood
Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council, Inc., Steeleville