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HUD/OH RIN: 2502-AJ64 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Certification of Tribal Housing Counselors (FR-6322) 

HUD's Housing Counseling Program provides counseling to individuals seeking information about financing, maintaining, renting, or owning a home through HUD-approved counseling agencies and state housing finance agencies, including their affiliates and branches. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act amended the housing counseling statute to improve the effectiveness of the program by, among other things, requiring that entities and individual counselors be certified by HUD as competent to provide such services. In 2016, HUD implemented these requirements for the majority of HUD programs but agreed to conduct consultation with tribes before implementing the new housing counseling requirement. After consulting with Tribes, HUD is establishing a new housing counseling certification requirements for Tribes, Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHE), and Native community partners conducting housing counseling required or provided in connection with the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) and the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) programs. The final rule provides an alternative regulatory standard for compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act’s counselor certification requirement that recognize tribal sovereignty and self-determination and the unique land status and programming in Indian Country.

Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 24 CFR 214   
Legal Authority: Sec. 106 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (12 U.S.C. 1701x)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/26/2023  88 FR 4923   
NPRM Comment Period End  03/27/2023 
Final Action  12/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
David Berenbaum
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Housing Counseling
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of Housing
451 7th Street SW,
Washington, DC 20410
Phone:202 402-4330