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Media Advisory: Home of Your Own Program to Host Housewarming Event in Clinton PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Contact Alma Ellis, 601.432.6975   

TO: News directors, editors

WHAT: Housewarming for Chiquita Simmons. Media welcome to attend for photo/interview opportunities

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, June 26

  526 McDonald Drive, Clinton, Miss.

News representatives are invited to 526 McDonald Drive, Clinton, Miss., for a housewarming for Chiquita Simmons and her family, who have been assisted by the Home of Your Own (HOYO) program of The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies.

The Home of Your Own program is an award-winning program that assists individuals in purchasing a home by focusing on creating a support system that identifies potential home buyers, analyzes their housing needs and financial capacity, prepares them for home ownership, and matches them to an appropriate loan product.

June is National Homeownership Month, a particularly appropriate time to spotlight a new home owner and to promote home ownership and the grants available to eligible first-time home buyers. Ms. Simmons will be available for interviews.

In its 11th year of service to Mississippians with disabilities and their families, HOYO has assisted over 230 people with disabilities and their families in 42 Mississippi counties in becoming home owners. Grant funds of up to $15,000 are currently available to eligible borrowers with disabilities in designated areas through HOYO. More information about these grants is available from the Institute for Disability Studies.

CONTACT: Alma Ellis, 601.432.6975

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