As a HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agency, our Housing Counseling program works to build financial stability and pave a path to housing that offers families strength, stability, and self-reliance.

Habitat's housing counseling services are open to all people, of all income levels, and not limited to only to those interested in purchasing a Habitat home. Our Housing Counselors can help anyone get out of debt and on track to meeting financial goals. Whether purchasing your first home, saving up to buy a car, looking to go back to school, or even planning a vacation, our program helps you examine your budget and take the steps to turn your goals into reality.

HousingCouncelingThrough free one-on-one counseling and financial education workshops, we help clients gain the practical knowledge, skills, and confidence to take control over finances and master skills such as:

Credit Repair

Debt Reduction



Pre-Purchase Home Buying

Whether your goal is achieving general financial wellness, finding stable housing in the face of a tough housing market, preparing for that next rent hike, or qualifying for a home purchase, we offer the guidance to bring that vision within reach.

We believe that building your financial health gives yourself the power to plan for the future and prepare for life’s unexpected challenges.

As a HUD-approved housing counseling, Habitat's program has met strict requirements designed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to ensure our housing counseling services meet the highest standard of knowledge and care for current and prospective homeowners. Our HUD-certified Housing Counselors have completed extensive training and passed HUD’s Housing Counselor Examination.

We also connect with local service agencies and nonprofits that can help in areas beyond our Housing Counseling Program’s purview, including employment, housing, legal, and general assistance. We’re here to provide reliable support to get you on track and on your way to achieving your goals.

Take the first step and learn about the process and responsibilities of buying a home, as well as how to prepare for homeownership before and long after closing. A great place to start is our HUD-approved First-Time Homebuyer class. This class offers countless benefits and, most importantly, equips attendees with the information needed to understand and confidently enter the process of purchasing their first homes. Clients learn about the process and responsibilities of buying a home, as well as how to prepare for long-term, successful homeownership. Additionally, we provide a Certificate of Completion, which may be required by lenders or financial assistance programs.

Our First Time Homebuyer Class answers questions like: Is homeownership right for me? How do I prepare to become a homeowner? Where do I start? So, take the next step and get the guidance you need to make affordable housing or other financial goals a reality! Register for a First-Time Homebuyer class today.

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Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley

As an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley believes in a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We create opportunities for families to transform their lives, gaining the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build a better future. Working together as a community, we build homes with affordable mortgages, repair and renovate existing homes, counsel first-time homebuyers, and revitalize neighborhoods in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara counties. For more information, please call 866.450.4432.


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