The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding $635,286 to 10 housing agencies in the Northwest, including $46,799 to NeighborImpact in Bend, for myriad housing counseling services, HUD said Thursday.

Housing counseling grants will assist families in becoming first-time homebuyers and remaining homeowners after their purchase, a HUD news release said. HUD-approved counseling agencies also offer financial literacy training to renters, and homeless individuals and families.

“This critical funding will help counseling organizations continue to assist families in making more informed choices before they purchase a home and counsel families facing foreclosure,” HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said in the release.

— From staff reports