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Habitat for Humanity Aims to Help More Families Own Homes

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A Habitat for Humanity house (file photo) A Habitat for Humanity house (file photo)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Habitat for Humanity is unveiling a new pilot program that it’s hoping will help more families achieve home ownership.

It's called Pathways to Housing, and it was revealed on Tuesday, May 1. Habitat is already working with 10 people to help them through the process of hopefully having a home to their name.

The program provides them with resources like intensive financial coaching, homebuyer education, a savings program, and job training.

“Our home ownership rate is in the low 40's, where the national average is in the mid-60s,” says Dan Rosensweig, the Habitat for Humanity president. “And so we are falling way behind and it’s particularly acute for low-wealth individuals. It's just impossible to buy a home in Charlottesville unless you go through the Habitat program. What we're trying to do is reach a little bit deeper.”

People will be paired with credit councilors, and will also have an opportunity to work with Piedmont Virginia Community College in a workforce development program.

If you’re interested, call the Habitat for Humanity Charlotesville office at 434-293-9066.

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