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Becoming a MSHDA Housing Education Partner


Becoming A MSHDA certified Counseling Agency
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority's (MSHDA) Homeownership Education Program is a statewide network comprised of MSHDA-certified non-profit community action or faith-based agencies, local governmental agencies and MSU Extension offices located throughout Michigan.  The Homeownership Education Program supports MSHDA's mortgage loan programs that increase homeownership opportunities, or retain homeownership for low to moderate income families in Michigan.

MSHDA accepts applications from well established community partners with the financial capacity and the experience necessary to provide high-quality homeownership education services that have become expected from our agencies.  To be considered for participation in MSHDA's Homeownership Education Program interested agencies:

  • Must be an established, community based, 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit or governmental entity that has functioned for at least one year in the geographical area that the applicant proposes to serve;
  • Must demonstrate the financial capacity, from multiple funding sources, to cover administrative costs of the program and staff salaries;
  • Must have successfully administered a housing education program for at least one year and have the financial ability to provide housing education services beyond MSHDA's Program Services;
  • Must employ staff trained in housing education with at least six months experience in the job they will perform in the program;
  • Must be able to provide education services to all individuals within the geographical area that the agency intends to serve;
  • Must adopt the National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education and National Industry Foreclosure Standards;
  • Must submit an Agency Profile, along with the required supporting documentation.

Once an application is received, MSHDA program staff will:

  • Review the Agency Profile and supporting documentation;
  • Determine the Program needs for the counties the agency intends to serve;
  • Evaluate the application based on the agency's financial capacity;
  • Evaluate staff experience;
  • Evaluate the agency's program for potential conflicts of interest;
  • May conduct an agency site visit.

Once an agency has been approved to provide education services and agreements have been signed, staff must attend MSHDA's New Homeownership EducationTraining and successfully pass a written assessment.

Due to program funding limitations, MSHDA is not able to accept applications from HUD intermediaries or out-of-state entities. 

For further information, please contact the MSHDA Homeownership Education Specialist for your area:

Central Michigan and Wayne County
Sharon Evans (517) 373-8016 evanssk@michigan.gov

Eastern Michigan
Renee Fergusion (517) 373-8045 fergusonr1@michigan.gov 

Western Michigan 
Karen Lawson (517) 373-2307 lawsonk@michigan.gov

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