Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 106 Part 5.djvu/83

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PUBLIC LAW 102-550 —OCT. 28, 1992 106 STAT. 3721 Development Act of 1968 (12 U.S.C. 1701x(d)(12)) is amended to read as follows: " (12) AuTHORiz.\TiON OF APPROPRIATIONS. —T here are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subsection $365,000 for fiscal year 1993 and $380,330 for fiscal year 1994.". (d) ELIGIBILITY FOR COUNSELING ASSISTANCE UNDER HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 1968 AND CERTIFICATION AND TRAINING PROGRAM.— Section 106 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (12 U.S.C. ITOlx) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsections: " (e) CERTIFICATION.— "(1) REQUIREMENT FOR ASSISTANCE. — An organization may not receive assistance for counseling activities under subsection (a)(l)(iii), (a)(2), (c), or (d), unless the organization provides such counseling, to the extent practicable, by individuals who have been certified by the Secretary under this subsection as competent to provide such counseling. "(2) STANDARDS AND EXAMINATION. — The Secretary shall, Regulations. by regulation, establish standards and procedures for testing and certifying counselors. Such standards and procedures shall require for certification that the individual shall demonstrate, by written examination (as provided under subsection (f)(4)), competence to provide counseling in each of the following areas: "(A) Financial management. "(B) Property maintenance. "(C) Responsibilities of homeownership and tenancy. "(D) Fair housing laws and requirements. " (E) Housing affordability. "(F) Avoidance of, and responses to, rental and mortgage delinquency and avoidance of eviction and mortgage default. "(3) ENCOURAGEMENT.— The Secretary shall encourage organizations engaged in providing homeownership and rental counseling that do not receive assistance under this section to employ individuals to provide such counseling who are certified under this subsection or meet the certification standards established under this subsection. " (0 HOMEOWNERSHIP AND RENTAL COUNSELOR TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS.— "(1) ESTABLISHMENT. — To the extent amounts are provided in appropriations Acts under paragraph (7), the Secretary shall contract with an appropriate entity (which may be a nonprofit organization) to carry out a program under this subsection to train individuals to provide homeownership and rental counseling and to administer the examination under subsection (e)(2) and certify individuals under such subsection. "(2) ELIGIBILITY.AND SELECTION.— " (A) ELIGIBILITY.—To be eligible to provide the training and certification program under this subsection, an entity shall have demonstrated experience in training homeownership and rental counselors. "(B) SELECTION.— The Secretary shall provide for entities meeting the requirements of subparagraph (A) to submit applications to provide the training and certification program under this subsection. The Secretary shall select an application based on the ability of the entity to—