The Virginia Association of Housing Counselors recently recognized the outstanding efforts of VHDA Manager of Homeownership Education Kelly Gill-Gordon with its 2010 Housing Counseling Empowerment Award.
VHDA’s ability to significantly increase the number of Loss Mitigation and Foreclosure Counselors across the Commonwealth were due, in large part, to her hard work and dedication.
After training at NeighborWorks America®, a national non-profit organization created by Congress, Gill-Gordon was able to organize and provide 14 training sessions for Virginia Housing Counselors. There is a heightened demand for trained and certified Housing Counselors created by the current mortgage crisis. This demand is compounded by the critical need for financial assistance to enable Counselors to provide credit and pre-purchase counseling, as well as foreclosure prevention services.
To make this happen, Gill-Gordon assumed the responsibility of applying for and managing various NeighorWorks, HUD and VHDA/DHCD grants. In addition, she participated in mortgage clinics across the state to assist borrowers at risk. Thanks to her dedication and the dedication of the department she manages, 254 Housing Counselors have been certified and of the various grants applied for, VHDA has received close to $1 million.
“Of course, we still have a long way to go,” said Michele Watson, VHDA Director of Homeownership Programs. “But Kelly’s efforts have clearly made a significant difference to those borrowers in need and the counseling agencies she is committed to serving.”