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in 1965. COI serves approximately 20,000 people each year, with almost 250 clients receiving homebuyer education yearly. COI’s plan for its housing counseling program includes five major components: home ownership, keeping people in their homes, housing rehab, credit counseling for the purpose of achieving or retaining home ownership, and extending the opportunity for home ownership to groups who are traditionally underserved. COI’s provides the following counseling services: pre and post-purchase; credit; advocacy with banks; rehab programs; and classes in homeowner responsibilities and loan management.

Long Island Housing Services, Inc. (LIHS) Bohemia, NY $20,500 LIHS was first established in 1969 and was known at that time as Suffolk Housing Council. Presently, LIHS is the only agency on Long Island that provides a Comprehensive Housing Counseling Assistance Program, serving both Nassau and Suffolk Counties. LIHS provides the following counseling services: tenant/landlord; FHA mortgages; conventional mortgages; and HECM counseling. In the past two years, LIHS counseled over 6000 clients, including prospective homebuyers, through individual counseling or by agency-sponsored workshops for first-time homebuyers to educate consumers in conjunction with HUD, Fannie Mae, and various lending institutions.

Asian American for Equality (AAFE) New York, NY $18,721 AAFE has been in existence since 1974. Its goal has been to meet the housing needs of the Asian American community throughout the NYC area. It offers the following services: tenant counseling; neighborhood preservation and revitalization; housing development; housing rights; homeownership; fair housing and outreach; tenant counseling; community organizing, and a citizenship program. All services are conducted in Asian languages. In 2000, AAFE provided individual homeownership counseling to over 583 potential homebuyers and counseled 100 HECM clients.

Community Development Corp. of Long Island (CDC) Centereach, NY $19,067 Founded in 1969, CDC’s mission is to serve the needs of Nassau and Suffolk Counties’ low and moderate-income families and individuals. CDC provides the following counseling services: homebuyer education; pre-purchase and post-purchase; mortgage delinquency; HECM; loss mitigation; general information about housing opportunities within the community. The CDC expects to provide counseling services to about 300 individuals and families a year.

Putnam County Housing Corp. (PCHC) Carmel, NY $20,500 The PCHC was approved as a HUD Housing Counseling Agency on February 11, 1993. In 2000, PCHC counseled 31 potential mortgagors, and is currently working with 30 families in

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