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older housing stock. The Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the City of Newport News requested that Office of Human Affairs assist in helping this community.

Telamon Corporation Richmond, VA $13,887 Telamon is certified by both HUD and the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) to offer comprehensive homeownership counseling services such as: default, tenancy, fair housing and Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) counseling. Counseling staff also provides VHDA counseling for clientele of several area banks. This counseling is a requirement of VHDA and enables the families to receive lower mortgage insurance rates. Telamon is currently working with the Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority and Danville Community College in an attempt to secure a HUD HOPE VI grant to transform one of Danville’s oldest, most desolate public housing projects into a new community of homeowners. Telamon will assist in providing homeownership counseling to tenants who wish to become homeowners.

Piedmont Housing Alliance Charlottesville, VA $14,578 The Piedmont Housing Alliance is a private, nonprofit organization established in 1983 to address affordable housing and other community development needs on a regional basis within the Thomas Jefferson Planning District. The Alliance serves six jurisdictions - Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson counties and the City of Charlottesville. In April 1999, the Alliance was certified by the U.S. Treasury Department as a Community Development Financial Institute (CDFI) and received a Technical Assistance Grant. In December 1999, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved the Alliance as a Housing Counseling Agency. HUD awarded the Alliance $1.6 million to administer 75 Mainstream Housing Vouchers for persons with disabilities. Some of the programs the Alliance services are: Homebuyers Clubs, Steppingstone, Regional Single Family Loan Fund, Elderly and Disabled Home Safety Revolving Loan Fund, Regional Revolving CHDO Fund, Charlottesville Neighborhood Revitalization, ARC Community Living Partnership, CHOICE (Creative Housing Options Improve Choices for Everyone).

Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Richmond, Inc. Richmond, VA $20,500 HOME has been certified as a comprehensive housing counseling agency for many years, delivering housing counseling services since 1971. It is currently receiving both housing counseling and Fair Housing Initiatives Program funding from HUD. In 1999, HOME received HUD’s Best Practices Award as one of the top community development programs in the country. Services include: pre- and post-purchase counseling, community homebuyer programs, mortgage-default counseling, rental counseling, landlord/tenant counseling, home equity conversion counseling (HECM, also known as “reverse mortgages”), fair housing assistance and information, home repair counseling, credit repair counseling, rental counseling group sessions, resolving landlord/tenant issues, outreach counseling to homeless


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