March 06, 2018

HUD Re-certifies PRAB as a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency

PRAB (Puerto Rican Action Board), a comprehensive human services organization with headquarters in New Brunswick, New Jersey, announced that it was re-certified as a HUD-approved counseling agency. After a successful comprehensive site review, HUD found that PRAB met all of the requirements to continue serving individuals and families in Middlesex County.

As a HUD Counseling Agency (HCA), PRAB will provide the following services through its Housing Coalition of Central Jersey, in accordance with its housing counseling work plan:

Pre-purchase Counseling
Rental Counseling
Mortgage Delinquency & Default Resolution Counseling
Services for the Homeless
Pre-purchase Homebuyer Education Workshops
Financial Literacy Workshops

In 2017, PRAB’s Housing Coalition served nearly 800 unduplicated individuals, and offered 12 First Time Homebuyer Education Seminars. Our program goal is “to increase knowledge and enhance the ability of individuals and families to purchase and maintain safe, affordable residences,” said Program Manager, Gloria Melendez. This year, 57 families have already participated in these seminars, and 138 individuals have received one-on-one counseling services in tenant/landlord rights and responsibilities, eviction, affordable housing, and homelessness prevention. “I am so thankful I attended the session,” stated Beverly Cooper, a recent First Time Home Buyer Education Program participant. “It was a wealth of knowledge. The most important part for me was stepping out on faith and following through on all the knowledge, program, and assistance provided, and putting it into immediate action.”

To learn more about our housing-related services, contact one of our housing counselors by phone at 732-249-9700, or via e-mail at Services are available in both English and Spanish.

About PRAB

Incorporated in 1971, PRAB is a comprehensive human services organization, and the primary institution in Central New Jersey that provides diverse bilingual/multicultural services to the Central New Jersey community. PRAB operates 12 sites in Middlesex and Mercer counties, and serves approximately 30,000 individuals and families each year. PRAB’s mission is to equip diverse individuals and families to achieve personal, family, and community development. As the Community Action Agency for Middlesex County West since 2009, PRAB also addresses issues of poverty to change people’s lives, brings hope, and improves our local communities. To learn more about PRAB, its purpose, and programs, visit us at, and subscribe to our e-mail list. Also, join us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Tax-exempt donations are always welcome.