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Housing Counseling2018-06-14T14:22:23+00:00

Are you struggling to make your monthly rent or mortgage payment? Trying to avoid foreclosure? Looking  to fix up your current home or put a down payment on a new one?

 

Our housing counseling services provide the support, advice, and assistance you need to avoid homelessness, become a responsible tenant or owner, and live in comfort, safety, and security.

Homebuyer Workshops

Wall-to-wall housing services

Does the mere thought of purchasing a home make you feel confused, overwhelmed, or scared? Our staff of trained professionals is here to help along your housing journey — from research to purchase to home sweet home !

When you attend a UPO homebuyer workshop, our counselors work one on one to help you develop a budget, manage or repair your credit, shop for a home and a lender, make a purchase, and learn how to take care of a new house after you settle in.

For more information or to reserve a spot for our next homebuyer workshop, please call Ronald Childs at 202-231-7910.

A down payment on your future

Our home buying and counseling services also include education designed to show you how to spend credit wisely, manage money on a day-to-day basis, and develop plans for reducing debt and saving for the future.

Individuals who are not affiliated with a bank or have limited access to banking services can access our financial literacy programs and products through UPO’s partnership with Bank on DC.

For more information about our financial literacy services, please call Nickoline McKenzie at 202-562-3800.

UPO is approved as a Housing Counseling Agency by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Foreclosure Prevention

Establishing your housing stability

Are you late in paying your mortgage or concerned about your ability to pay in the future? We provide free assistance to borrowers in distress.

Homeowners who are facing default or have already defaulted too high level on a mortgage may speak with one of our foreclosure prevention counselors or set up a session to discuss their options moving forward.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 202-610-5861.

In cases of emergency

ERAP

If you are facing eviction and homelessness, UPO can help obtain payment for overdue rent, a security deposit for a new residence, or your first month’s rent at a new home.–need to add for severe cases, first come first serve, etc. They receive tons of requests for this service that doesn’t move them to self-sufficiency.
We work with the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to support the needs of low-income DC residents and their families who are experiencing immediate housing crises. All ERAP payments are made directly to the landlord, court, or court marshals.
To learn more about ERAP, determine your eligibility, and apply for emergency assistance, please call 202-562-3800. 
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