WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, March 1st in Los Angeles, California, the White House will honor Ruben Andrade Jr. as one of eleven housing counselors and HUD-approved organizations being recognized as Champions of Change for their hard work, perseverance and dedication to their communities. Ruben Andrade has been selected for outstanding commitment and achievement representative of the collective work of thousands of housing counselors across the United States.
"Housing counselors work tremendously hard, each and every day, to help families realize the American dream,” said White House Senior Advisor, Valerie Jarrett. “From helping homeowners avoid foreclosure to making sure tenants understand their rights to working with borrowers to restore their credit, the men and women we honor today truly are 'Champions of Change.'"
The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.
Housing counseling assistance was developed over 40 years ago at a time of severe disinvestment in housing, unaffordable interest rates, high unemployment and irresponsible lending practices. Today, HUD approves, monitors and supports counseling organizations and tracks their output. Recent initiatives have extended the number and location of HUD-approved housing counseling organizations and reduced the amount of time and complexity of the process to award HUD housing counseling grants.
Ruben Andrade Jr. joined NeighborWorks® Waco in March 2008, where he currently serves as a bilingual Home Ownership Specialist. He has over 15 years of progressive non-profit experience and is dedicated to providing superior pre-purchase counselling and education for future homeowners, as well as working extensively with existing homeowners facing foreclosure. In 2009, he received his certification in Foreclosure Intervention and Default Counselling through NeighborWorks® America. Throughout the past four years, he has counselled over 500 families in the state of Texas where he remains a compassionate and energetic voice advocating for families.
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