The Lexington Housing Community Development Corp. has joined a new collaborative effort that highlights the availability of housing counseling to consumers across the country.

A national collaboration of lenders, investors, real estate agents and housing counseling agencies announced Tuesday they are joining forces to raise awareness of the opportunities and benefits of working with housing counseling agencies. The collaboration includes the Mortgage Bankers Association, the National Housing Resource Center, the National Association of Realtors, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, the Asian Real Estate Association of America, HomeFree USA, National Council of La Raza, NID-HCA, Rural Community Assistance Corp., Center for NYC Neighborhoods, Chhaya Community Development Corp., HomeSmartNY, Housing Options & Planning Enterprises, Beyond Housing and Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland.

The Homeownership Collaborative will pull together industry stakeholders to host partnerships in local housing markets aimed at increasing homeownership opportunities by working with HUD-approved housing counseling agencies.

The Homeownership Collaborative will try out ideas in four markets during the next year and explore a broader effort in the future, all with the goal of increasing housing counseling awareness.

Consumers looking to find a housing counselor working with a HUD approved housing counseling agency can  find a list by entering their ZIP code in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau housing counselor locator, which can be found housing-counselor.