Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities

Texas Statewide Homebuyer Education Program (TSHEP)

Legislative Overview

In 1997, the 75th Texas Legislature passed HB 2577, which 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.

In 2016, TDHCA launched Texas Homebuyer U, offering a tuition free and convenient online homebuyer education course. The two-hour “Becoming A Homeowner” course will walk a potential homebuyer through three important phases of the home buying process: one, preparing for homeownership; two, financing your home; and three, purchasing your home. A Certificate of Completion is provided to all individuals who successfully complete the course. Since the inception of the online homebuyer education course, approx. 4,800 individuals have successfully completed the online course

Training and Certification Program

To ensure uniform quality of the homebuyer education provided throughout the state, TDHCA contracted with a nationally recognized organization to teach local nonprofit organizations the principles and applications of comprehensive pre- and post purchase homebuyer education, and to certify participants as providers. To date approximately 600 individuals have been certified as homebuyer education providers by the Texas Statewide Homebuyer Education Program.

As a partner for the past several years, the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC) has worked in conjunction with TDHCA to serve as a nonprofit sponsor of monies donated to TSHEP and to manage and account for funds.

For more information regarding the Texas Statewide Homebuyer Education Program, you may contact Dina Gonzalez (Texas Homeownership Division) at (512) 475-3993.

TSHEP Registration Now Open

 

Registration is open for the Texas Statewide Homebuyer Education Program.

NeighborWorks America will provide the following classes in July 2017:

 

Classes:

HO247: Post-Purchase Education Methods (5 day)

HO209: Delivering Effective Financial Education to Today's Consumers (3 day)

Cost:

5 day = $100 

3 day = $75

When:

July 24th-28th, 2017

Where:

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas 

2200 North Pearl Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Details:

Visit the Event Page for registration, class, venue, hotel 

and scholarship information.

Registration Deadline:

Friday, July 7, 2017

Homebuyer Education Counseling

Texans in need of homebuyer education/credit counseling assistance can get a list of certified providers in their area of the state using Help for Texans. A homebuyer education course is required by all TDHCA homeownership programs. The requirement can be satisfied through completion of a course provided by a HUD-approved, non-profit organization or government entity, a HUD-approved online course, or the free on-line course available through TDHCA’s Texas Homebuyer U.

Complete list of Texas Statewide Homebuyer Education Program (TSHEP) certified providers