One-Hundred twenty qualifying District of Columbia Housing Authority customers were invited to the agency’s first annual Homeownership Pathway to Homeownership Symposium.

Two members of DCHA’s Board of Commissioners, Resident Services Committee Chair, Commissioner Aquarius Vann-Ghasri, and Housing Choice Voucher Program Committee Chair, Commissioner Franselene St. Jean-Clarke, spearheaded the event, and the Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Assistance Program (HOAP) Team provided support and resources for the symposium.

“DCHA’s Homeownership Assistance Program is a great way for families to achieve the dream of owning a home and building familial wealth, but many of our customers do not think it is an option. This symposium is here to change their minds that they, too, can become homeowners,” said DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett.

“This symposium is an opportunity for people to learn about programs, services, and products, while giving them a chance to ask questions and hear from homeowners who have gone through the process themselves,” St. Jean said.

Those invited included federal Housing Choice Voucher Program customers who approaching or at their income limits and paying their full contract rent and public housing families impacted by environmental-related relocations. 

The informative meeting offered information regarding homebuyer education and counseling, down-payment assistance programs, mortgage lending, and affordable homeownership opportunities. These resources could potentially offer assistance to the families on the next step to their personal success stories.

The families had the opportunity to hear from the HOAP Homeownership Coordinating Committee which consists of local government partners, non-profits, and mortgage lenders. The families learned about the various services offered to help them achieve their dream of homeownership, such as credit repair and the requirements for a mortgage loan pre-approval.

In addition to those who attended the symposium, three homeowners, Jeanette Banks, Tiffany Eley, and Charlese Jennings, shared their paths to homeownership stories. All three had very different experiences and benefited from the local government partners, home-buyer education and counseling, mortgage lenders, and other resources provided at the symposium to reach their dream of homeownership.


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