Rehling Earns HUD Counselor Certification

LSS CFR Counselor is One of the First In South Dakota

Randy Rehling, a consumer credit counselor with LSS Center for Financial Resources, earned his HUD-certified counselor certification. One of the very first in South Dakota to pass the exam, Rehling is leading the way for both CFR and South Dakota housing counseling agencies.

The LSS Center for Financial Resources has long been a HUD-approved counseling agency. While maintaining the agency approval, HUD is adding an individual certification element. The individual HUD certification is the result of an extensive, proctored exam in six key areas:

1. Financial Management
2. Property Maintenance
3. Responsibilities of Homeownership and Tenancy
4. Fair Housing Laws and Requirements
5. Housing Affordability
6. Avoidance Of and Responses To Rental and Mortgage Delinquency, Eviction, and Mortgage Default

HUD has set August 2020 to have all existing housing counselors certified. LSS Center for Financial Resources has chosen to lead the way with a goal of having all housing counselors certified through the HUD exams by the end of 2018. For CFR counselors, this individual HUD certification is in addition to certifications through the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and NeighborWorks’ NCHEC certification.

Lutheran Social Services is a private non-profit social service agency. Last year, 61,144 lives were touched through a variety of services offered through LSS statewide.

In addition to the Center for Financial Resources, core services offered by LSS include adoption, pregnancy counseling, foster care, kinship services, childcare & education, disaster response, mental health counseling, re-entry services, residential services for children & youth, alternatives to detention, independent living services for young adults, mentoring, Better Together and Center for New Americans. LSS serves people of all ages, races, faiths and economic levels with professional, confidential and affordable services.

LSS services are licensed by the State of South Dakota and accredited by the Council on Accreditation. LSS is a United Way agency.

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