Two Kansas City agencies that help potential homebuyers understand how to purchase a house and avoid foreclosure received federal funding this month.
Community Services League in Independence received $1,799, adding to $13,597 awarded earlier this year from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Credit & Homeownership Empowerment Services Inc., or CHES, in Kansas City received $1,571, adding to $11,919 awarded from HUD earlier this year.
Both groups are among several HUD-approved housing counseling agencies in the Kansas City area. These agencies run various programs, including programs that help families and individuals prepare to buy a first house and avoid foreclosure.
Other programs allow potential homebuyers to assess their readiness to buy a house, understand financing options and down payments, find affordable rental housing until they’re ready to buy, fix credit problems and learn about handling money.