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Home of Your Own, BancorpSouth to Sponsor June 13 Hattiesburg Home Buyer Workshop PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Contact Alma Ellis, 601.432.6975   

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO), based at The University of Southern Mississippi, and BancorpSouth will sponsor a free, one-day home buyer education workshop Saturday, June 13 for residents with and without disabilities in Forrest and surrounding counties. 

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at BancorpSouth at 100 Hardy Street in Hattiesburg. BancorpSouth will provide meeting refreshments and lunch for workshop participants.

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 will be available at the workshop.

Celebrating its 12th year of service to Mississippians with disabilities and their families, HOYO is an award-winning program of the Southern Miss Institute for Disability Studies. It was created to empower people with disabilities to reach their individual dreams of owning and maintaining their own homes.

HOYO focuses on creating a support system identifying potential home buyers, analyzing their housing needs and financial capacity and preparing them for home ownership. Applicants must attend home buyer education seminars to be considered for financial assistance in purchasing a home.

Approximately 280 people with disabilities and their families in 45 Mississippi counties have been assisted through the program. For more information or to pre-register for this free seminar, call Heather Steele at the Hattiesburg office of the Institute for Disability Studies at 601.266.5163.

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