Dent To Receive 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



U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent will receive the 2015 Champion of Housing Counseling Award from the National Housing Resource Center on Friday, April 3, at 10:30 AM.  The event will take place at the headquarters of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, 1337 East Fifth Street in south Bethlehem.


According to Center officials, Dent will be recognized for saving housing counseling funding from the budget ax. In the process, he protected a network of organizations nationwide that rescue homeowners from foreclosure, give first-time homebuyers the chance to make their dreams come to life and, in the process, strengthen neighborhoods and prevent massive losses of wealth by homeowners and their neighbors. Housing counselors also assist renters in understanding their rights and responsibilities.


Joining the National Housing Resource Center and CACLV in the ceremony will be Brian Hudson, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, which utilizes the HUD funding to support his agency's effort to rescue homeowners from foreclosure while assisting first-time homebuyers become successful homeowners in communities across the Commonwealth. Also participating will be Stacy Milo, Executive Director of Neighborhood Housing Services of the Lehigh Valley, Olga Negron, President of the Board of Directors of CACLV, and Barbara Hoellen of Bath, who sought CACLV's assistance when she found herself mired in a foreclosure.


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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