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Free Housing Informational Workshop Scheduled for July 31 in Columbus PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Contact Alma Ellis, 601.432.6975   

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies is co-sponsoring a housing informational workshop with Prairie Opportunity Community Action Agency for Columbus and surrounding areas on Friday, July 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Columbus/Lowndes Recreation Departmentís Sandfield Community Center at 617 Oak Street.

Attendees will learn more about $15,000 grants available for qualified low income homebuyers with disabilities, how to qualify for the Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) program and other possible housing subsidies.

HOYO is an award-winning "Equal Opportunity Housing" program for people with disabilities. HOYO focuses on creating a support system that will identify potential home buyers, analyze their housing needs and financial capacity, and prepare them for home ownership.

For information about the free workshop and to reserve a seat, call Cassie Hicks toll free at 1.888.671.0051 or call Theressa Jones in Columbus at 662-328-1669. 

IDS is Mississippiís Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Research, Education and Service headquartered for more than 30 years at Southern Miss. The Institute provides university training, community service activities, research, and information that promote the independence, productivity, and community inclusion of individuals with disabilities and their families. For more information about IDS, visit the Instituteís Web site at

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