Newberry Habitat Has Great Partner with NeighborImpact
By T. Myers
Habitat for Humanity has an innovative Homeowner’s program. Once a person declares interest in pursuing an actual application, there is a carefully constructed list of objectives that applicants need to reach. One of them is to take some finance seminars with community partner, NeighborImpact.
Led by Yolanda Vander pool, a former Realtor with years of experience in the nonprofit end of helping young homeowners, you will learn many things that are vital to understand when buying a new home. She works in the Bend office. But, applicants for Habitat Homes and other new homebuyer’s applicants meet in Bend and Redmond at the Neighbor Impact offices to learn the ins and outs of qualifying to buy a home, managing money, budgeting, shopping for a home, working with a team of professionals and committee members that guide you through the process and then, after providing personal details there are people who will determine eligibility for a home loan or, in the case of Habitat for Humanity, determine eligibility to become part of the Habitat program.
By the time Ms. Vander pool and her team of professionals lead a client through the classes, there are not many questions left to answer, and people emerge with a plan to work on improving everything from their credit scores to establishing a savings account. Then clients get ready to work closely with the people who will help them achieve their personal dream of home ownership.
Homeowner Finance Classes are open to the public for anyone who wants to secure help for a down payment or low interest loan. You can go online to the NeighborImpact site and find all kinds of free information about getting help for buying your home. Habitat for Humanity and NeighborImpact work closely together to establish a partnership that helps hundreds of people in our Central Oregon area every year.
If you are interested in qualifying for a Habitat for Humanity Home owner Program, you can apply by picking up an application at the local La Pine ReStore or the main office in Sunriver Business Park on Enterprise Dr. across from the Three Rivers School. There are also two Websites to check out: www.newberryhabitat.org and www.lapinerestore.org.
Right now there are two new houses being built in La Pine. You can become a volunteer by calling Dan Varcoe at 541-771-9177 and be part of building La Pine one house at a time! It is a good place to learn more about what Habitat does for so many folks in our area, and the people that you will work alongside are the best people ever! Building takes place on Friday and Saturday all the way through the month of August -and there is a lot to do!
Can’t volunteer? You can still support the program when you shop at the ReStore or donate money or gently used items for resale. Think about becoming part of the Newberry Habitat for Humanity family by getting involved today.