SOURCE: Neighborworks America

NeighborWorks America

March 01, 2012 15:00 ET

NeighborWorks® America and the Department of Housing and Urban Development Salute HUD-Approved Housing Counselors Who Are White House Champions of Change

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 1, 2012) - NeighborWorks America, one of the largest community development corporations in the U.S. and the leading trainer of housing counselors in the country, today joined with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to honor eleven housing counselors selected by the White House as "Champions of Change." The eleven honorees will be recognized as representative of the excellence and commitment of housing counselors across the country.

"Champions of Change" is a White House-led initiative that each week recognizes people who are doing extraordinary things to make a difference in their communities. This week's honorees are being recognized during the NeighborWorks Training Institute (NTI), a quarterly meeting of more than 1,700 housing counselors and other nonprofit professionals, now in its 25th year.

"Housing counselors work tremendously hard, each and every day, to help families realize the American dream," said White House Senior Advisor, Valerie Jarrett. "From helping homeowners avoid foreclosure to making sure tenants understand their rights to working with borrowers to restore their credit, the men and women we honor today truly are 'Champions of Change.'"

NeighborWorks America CEO Eileen Fitzgerald echoed the praise for the hard work and dedication demonstrated by the "Champions of Change" honorees.

"It's exciting that these exceptional people are recognized here at the NTI where so many of their peers in community development and housing counseling can share in their success. Their hard work makes a real difference in the lives of so many who are seeking to become first-time homeowners or searching for ways to overcome financial distress that could lead to foreclosure. They are, indeed, champions of change and are leading the way to stronger communities across the country," said Fitzgerald.

The NeighborWorks Training Institute is a signature event for NeighborWorks America, bringing together thousands of nonprofit professionals four times each year to learn how to strengthen their neighborhoods. In excess of 1,700 people are registered for the 2012 NTI in Los Angeles and are taking courses across the community development field. The courses range from affordable housing development and management, community and neighborhood revitalization, to a wide range of housing counseling, including pre- and post-purchase homebuyer education to foreclosure prevention.

About NeighborWorks® America

NeighborWorks® America creates opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $19.5 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation's leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.

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