Summary: H.R.3938 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.3938. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (03/11/2004)

Expanding Housing Opportunities Through Education and Counseling Act - Amends the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act to establish, in the Office of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Office of Housing Counseling.

Directs the Office to carry out HUD homeownership and rental counseling functions, including related research, grant administration, public outreach, and development of policy and performance measures.

Amends the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 to direct the Secretary to: (1) establish homeownership (including mortgage loan) and rental counseling procedures, and a related a toll-free telephone number and World Wide Web site; (2) certify computer software programs for consumer evaluation of residential mortgage loans; (3) establish a housing counseling multimedia outreach program aimed at elderly persons, persons with language barriers, low-income persons, and other potentially vulnerable consumers; (4) assist States, local government, and non-profit organizations with consumer education programs about mortgage, refinancing, home equity, or home repair loans; and (5) make grants for State, local government, and non-profit organization housing counseling assistance.

Directs the Secretary to conduct a home loan default and foreclosure study.

Requires organizations to use HUD-certified counselors in order to qualify for specified HUD assistance.

Amends the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 to revise the mortgage information booklet.