Comprehensive Standards Support "Homeownership Done Right TM"
The National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education and Counseling set criteria so consumers around the country can be confident that the housing counseling they receive from agencies that adopt the standards is high quality, comprehensive, and valuable. These Standards hold local nonprofit housing counseling agencies to a high standard of excellence, ensuring that consumers are provided the most consistent and critical information, advice, and guidance.
Here in Troy, the TRIP NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center adopted the Standards for Homeownership Counseling in 2008 and we have elevated our quality of services for our clients. "Homeownership counseling is crucial to successful long-term homeownership," says Bobbi Carter, Director of TRIP's HomeOwnership Center. At TRIP, we have two highly trained pre-purchase housing and foreclosure prevention counselors who work one-on-one with clients to help them determine the best course of action for them, whether they are looking to buy their first home or trying to keep the home they grew up in.
The Standards were developed by the Advisory Council for the National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education and Counseling. The Advisory Council is comprised of leading housing industry representatives including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), working together to provide a way for counseling organizations to demonstrate accountability and commitment-- an approach known as "Homeownership Done Right." Michael Haley of Minnesota Housing and Chairman of the Council noted that the National Industry Standards protect the best interests of the consumer. "The ultimate beneficiaries are the homeowners that receive these services and become better equipped to enjoy successful, sustainable homeownership," Haley says.
For more information about homeownership education and counseling available at TRIP, please contact Bobbi Carter, (518) 690-0020 ext. 222, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website, http://www.triponline.org.
To learn more about the National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education and Counseling, visit http://www.homeownershipstandards.org/.