October 23, 2018  

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Mississippi Home of Your Own Homebuyer Workshop Set for Hattiesburg in June

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June is National Homeownership Month, and Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, June 2, for any residents in Forrest and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hattiesburg Area Association of Realtors, Inc. at 411 Classic Drive in Hattiesburg. The Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities and USDA Rural Development are co-sponsors of the workshop.

In its 21st year of service to Mississippi families, HOYO is an award-winning program of The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies. HOYO empowers people with and without disabilities to reach their individual dreams of owning and maintaining their own homes. Since 1997, HOYO has assisted more than 700 families in 66 Mississippi counties in becoming homeowners.

Forgivable deferred loans based upon need are currently available to eligible borrowers with disabilities in the state of Mississippi through HOYO. More information about these grants will be available at the workshop.

HOYO focuses on creating a support system that identifies potential homebuyers, analyzes their housing needs and financial capacity and prepares them for homeownership. Applicants of the HOYO program must attend a homebuyer education class to be considered for financial assistance in purchasing a home.

For more information or to pre-register for the free homebuyer education seminar, call Heather Steele at the Institute for Disability Studies at 601.266.4097.