LIHS seeks to fill an immediate vacancy for a Housing Counselor. Successful recruit will work under direct supervision of the Foreclosure Prevention Program Manager. The Housing Counselor will provide one-to-one HUD housing counseling and advocacy for Nassau and Suffolk homeowners who are in jeopardy of foreclosure on their primary residence. HUD Housing Counseling and Fair Lending experience preferred, bilingual Spanish a plus, but not required.
Beginning annual salary:
$44,590, negotiable with HUD housing counseling experience, includes generous benefits.
Sample Work Responsibilities:
- Intake/interview new clients and maintain/manage case files through close out
- Provide financial counseling and assist clients to draft/revise household budget
- Provide clients with financial assessment based on income, expenses, and mortgage information
- Provide clients with a personalized action plan
- Prepare/review loan modification proposals/packages for submission to lenders/servicers
- Communicate with lenders/servicers/attorneys and negotiate affordable loan modification terms
- Review loan modification offers with clients and assess affordability
- Assess loan modification denials and assist clients with appealing/reporting if wrongful
- Provide information about foreclosure process and alternatives such as short sale or deed-in-lieu
- Provide outreach at mandatory settlement conferences in Nassau and Suffolk
- Provide legal referrals to clients who need assistance with answering summons and complaint
- Collaborate closely with other advocates, such as pro bono attorneys/housing counselors
- Maintain compliance with all HUD/grantor requirements
- Maintain and submit timely reports on case files/client activity
- Obtain/maintain HUD Housing Counseling Certification and continued education and training requirements
Additional responsibilities may also include special projects and research, outreach, and education of community and industry groups, and other duties as required, such as assistance to advocate for the continuation of funding. Positive attitude toward change is a must.
Reliable transportation and distance travel for trainings and conferences is required. May be required to suspend or discontinue any business and/or professional licenses to avoid conflicts of interest (such as real estate, insurance, etc.). LIHS is an equal opportunity employer.
Send resume by mail or email:
(No calls or faxes, please!)
Trina Kokalis, Foreclosure Prevention Program Manager and
Ian S. Wilder, Executive Director
Long Island Housing Services, Inc.
640 Johnson Avenue, Suite 8, Bohemia, NY 11716-2624
Email to: mailto:info@LIFairHousing.org noting “Foreclosure Prevention Housing Counselor” in subject line
LIHS’ Mission is the elimination of unlawful housing discrimination and promotion of decent and affordable housing through advocacy and education. Its primary objectives are to promote equal housing opportunity, and racial and economic integration.
Established in 1969, LIHS is a private non-profit Fair Housing advocacy organization, serving Nassau and Suffolk. LIHS counsels clients on Fair Housing Rights, Tenants’ Rights, Mortgage Default and Foreclosure Prevention, and Homelessness Prevention. LIHS promotes Fair Housing enforcement and voluntary compliance with Fair Housing laws by conducting investigations, including testing, providing education and outreach for housing consumers and industry related providers, and serving as a clearinghouse for information.