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HUD Offers 175-Language Pilot Program

A recent press release from the Department of Housing and Urban Development could help some FHA loan applicants who need help with understanding their borrower’s rights.

According to HUDNo. 11-29, released on FHA.gov December 22, 2011, “The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced that it has launched the HUD Language Line, a telephone language service pilot that will offer live, one-on-one interpretation services in more than 175 languages.”

“Accessible throughout the nation, the language line will help HUD staff to better communicate with Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals and families about HUD housing programs, services, and activities.”

The pilot program, which runs through September 2012, is funded under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010, “to help ensure that individuals have access to information in languages other than English regarding HUD programs, services and activities.” It’s another step in an ongoing campaign to address equal access issues for FHA/HUD services for those who need help in languages other than English.

Joe Wallace - Staff Writer

By Joe Wallace

December 26, 2011

Joe Wallace has been specializing in military and personal finance topics since 1995. His work has appeared on Air Force Television News, The Pentagon Channel, ABC and a variety of print and online publications. He is a 13-year Air Force veteran and a member of the Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association. He was Managing editor for www.valoans.com for (8) years and is currently the Associate Editor for FHANewsblog.com.

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