In advance of the January 2014 implementation of its new mortgage rules, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) last November launched a new tool designed to "help consumers find local housing counseling agencies to answer their questions or address their concerns" at little or no cost to the consumers (See our Nov 11, 2013, blog post for more information). The tool enables consumers to find their closest counseling agencies, provides contact information for HUD-approved counselors, displays services offered by each counseling agency and indicates the languages in which each housing counseling agency offers services. Then last Thursday, the bureau announced that it was publishing open source code that lenders can use to build their own tools that will allow a user to find the 10 closest HUD-approved housing counselors to a loan application's location and print or save the results. For more, access the source code here.