Dent Receives National Award

Posted by Administrator (admin) on Aug 27 2015
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Congressman's Work on Behalf of Housing Counseling Saved the Program During Foreclosure Crisis



United States Congressman Charlie Dent received the 2015 Champion of Housing Counseling Award from the National Housing Resource Center today at a press conference conducted in collaboration with the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley. CACLV is the primary housing counseling agency in the region, focusing on assisting families in becoming first-time homebuyers and protecting families in foreclosure from losing their homes.


In presenting Congressman Dent with the award, Bruce Dorpalen, Executive Director of the National Housing Resource Center, said, "At a time when America's housing counselors were working with hundreds of thousands of families in housing crisis, Congressman Dent played a key role in restoring federal funding for housing counseling. Congressman Dent has a solid record of support for what housing counselors do best -- help people become homeowners and help people preserve their homes, not only in his district but in communities across this nation. Congressman, please see this award as a virtual standing ovation by housing counselors, the families they serve and the communities where they live, from Allentown to Albuquerque and from Billings to Bethlehem."


Also speaking at the press conference was Brian Hudson, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. PHFA uses federal housing counseling funds to strengthen neighborhoods throughout the Commonwealth. "Congressman, you have made a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of families, protecting their homes, preserving the equity they have accumulated and ensuring that what we have come to call 'the American Dream' comes true."


Congressman Dent is only the third recipient of the Champion of Housing Counseling Award. Preceding him were former HUD secretary Shaun Donovan and Sarah Gerecke, Director of HUD's Office of Housing Counseling.





The National Housing Resource Center (NHRC) promotes the long-term interests of the nonprofit housing counseling community and the people served by housing counseling agencies.  NHRC has a national network of counseling agencies with active groups in every state.  NHRC works on improving access to mortgage credit, creating positive alternatives to foreclosure, elevating housing issues of low and moderate income households, developing reliable funding for agencies, and addressing housing consumer issues.




CACLV was founded in 1965 to fight poverty as part of the Johnson Administration's Great Society. It operates a wide range of programs, from entrepreneurial training and small business loans to homeownership counseling and foreclosure mitigation, from neighborhood revitalization to Allentown's Main Street Program on Seventh Street, as well as the Sixth Street Shelter and the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania. The agency employs 95 people and operates on a $20 million budget.



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