The Memphis Housing Counseling Network (MHCN) is a member group of housing, credit and financial counselors that convenes on a quarterly (or on an as needed) basis to share resources, receive training and to inform policy practitioners of the challenges faced in the industry. Through supporting a growing and evolving network of counselors through this program, the collaborative effort seeks to grow the presence of homeowners, address unmet resource needs, expand the accessibility to home repair resources, and support the growing pool of housing counselors servicing in the area, including those providing services for renters. This program is open to current and prospective housing counselors and Community Development Corporations (CDCs) within the Memphis area.
Peer Learning Network Opportunities
On quarterly (or on an as needed) basis, the network will convene over lunch to share resources, receive peer presentations, and inform policy practitioners of the current challenges faced in the industry. Peer presentations are topic-based, inspired by survey responses. The meeting format is designed to help the network to become familiar with everyone’s expertise and challenges.
Connecting Resources to Support the Housing Demand
All members of the Housing Counseling Network register to become a City of Memphis LINC 2-1-1 agency. By registering as a LINC 2-1-1 agency, housing counselors become plugged in a part of a much larger movement to connect homeowners and renters to targeted resources through the Welcome Home Memphis campaign. All housing-related inquires made through LINC Hub and LINC 2-1-1 will direct referrals to the counselors most relevant to their need. Inquiries will be tracked and analysed to respond to policy and programmatic concerns based on unmet needs and high-needs areas.
Access to National Training
The HCN program is working to secure national resources to offer Memphis training opportunities to support all persons interested in improving, remaining or becoming housing counselors. This effort is also working to ensure that all Memphis housing counselors are prepared to pass the HUD exam, which will become a requirement for all counselors to possess in 2020. Details on the securing of this opportunity to be updated soon.
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