Listen to Rachel tell her story about buying her first home and the support she received from Catholic Charities. She is our youngest first-time homebuyer! You can read the rest of her story here.

WHAT DOES HOMEOWNERSHIP MEAN TO YOU?
STABILITY, A SENSE OF COMMUNITY, A BETTER LIFE FOR YOUR CHILDREN?

For the individuals we serve, HOMEOWNERSHIP IS VITAL TO THEIR FAMILY AND OUR COMMUNITY. Since 1994, Catholic Charities’ Housing Counseling Services, in partnership with the City of Elmira, has directly assisted 442 families in the purchase of their first home. These homes have generated $15 million in mortgages with local lenders and they have less than a 3% default rate due to Catholic Charities’ pre and post education, support, and follow-up. In addition, our Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Services have assisted over 700 struggling families in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tompkins, Tioga Counties and Northern Pennsylvania in maintaining decent, stable housing.

WE NEED YOUR HELP. Whether it’s assisting in the purchase of a first home or working with lenders to save a family’s home, our services are vital to not only the individuals we serve but our community.  Funding for our prevention services is in jeopardy and could potentially end on September 30, 2017.  This would severely impact our services despite foreclosure filings remaining critically high across the state.  Vacant and abandoned homes caused by foreclosure can turn into “zombie” properties that drag down property values and create unsafe conditions in our neighborhoods. No local homeowner should have to navigate the confusing foreclosure process alone!

Please TAKE ACTION by contacting your local representative to request continued funding for foreclosure prevention services.

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