Texas Statewide Homebuyer Education Program (TSHEP)

Overview

In 1997, the 75th Texas Legislature charged the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) with the development and implementation of a statewide homebuyer education program, designed to provide information and counseling to prospective homebuyers about the home buying process. The Texas Statewide Homebuyer Education Program (TSHEP) was created to fulfill this mandate and to ensure families are receiving high quality homebuyer education from housing counselors in Texas.  Housing counselors provide families with essential services such as financial education, credit counseling, foreclosure prevention, and homebuyer education at little or no cost to families.  TSHEP is the only statewide education program for housing counselors in Texas. 

As of September 1, 2012 the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation is responsible for administering TSHEP on behalf of the state. 

 

Training and Certification Program

To ensure uniform quality of the homebuyer education provided throughout the state TSAHC, with support from funders and sponsors, invests in the education of housing counselors.  Twice a year housing counselors across the state have the opportunity to attend weeklong classes that further their skills and certify participants as homebuyer education providers.   TSAHC contracts with an education provider to teach housing counselors the principles and applications of comprehensive pre- and post-purchase homebuyer education.  To date close to 600 individuals have been certified as homebuyer education providers through the Texas Statewide Homebuyer Education Program.

Stay tuned for more information on upcoming trainings.  In the meantime, for more information regarding the Texas Statewide Homebuyer Education Program please contact Paige Omohundro at (512) 477-3561 or by email at pomohundro@tsahc.org.