low-to-moderate income persons and first time homebuyers with rental, pre-purchase, mortgage default and HECM counseling. CASH has been active in the Consolidated Planning process. They have been listed as Hennepin County’s "Institutional Structure" for implementing the Housing and Community Development Needs and Fair Housing Strategy section of the Consolidated Plan. CASH also participated in the review of the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing for their community. This organization partners with the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, Minnesota Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Association, city and county of Hennepin, as well as several non-profit organizations and Community Housing Development Organizations.
Senior Housing, Inc. (SHI) Minneapolis, MN $24,950 SHI is a private non-profit organization that has been providing counseling for eleven years and now specializes in Reverse Mortgages such as the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) counseling only. The agency has been very involved in frontline testing of new software for calculating these mortgages and has helped to develop a new phone counseling program for HECMs. Senior Housing has a website that promotes the reverse mortgage process and they reach into Hispanic and African-American communities as well. Since this agency only focuses on one aspect of counseling, they have become very knowledgeable and a good resource for reverse mortgages. SHI works with community organizations such as Housing Link, Senior Resources, Chicanos-Latinos Unidos en Servico, and Catholic Charities, among others.
Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc. (SMRLS) St. Paul, MN $19,319 This agency is the oldest legal aid organization in Minnesota. The have been providing high- quality legal services to low-income clients for over 80 years, specializing in minority, homeless, immigrant, refugee and other disadvantaged populations located in Ramsey and Washington counties. SMRLS will counsel approximately 1100 clients annually. They collaborate with the St. Paul Tenants Union, the Community Stabilization Project, East Metro Women’s Council, Minnesota Fair Housing Center, St. Paul Housing Information Office, St. Paul Department of Human Rights, and the Ramsey and Washington County Human Services departments. Future plans include collaboration with the Housing Preservation Law Project and the Community Stabilization Project for the preservation of federally subsidized housing in the east metro area of St. Paul.
St. Paul Housing Information Office St. Paul, MN $21,764 Housing counseling services include: mortgage default, financial assistance to eligible homeowners facing mortgage defaults, and home buying education. St. Paul Housing Office also provides rights and responsibilities information to tenants and landlords, crisis intervention counseling for utility shut-offs, and emergency shelter referrals. This agency has been counseling since 1980.