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Released May 23, 2003

JACKSON WORKSHOP TARGETS HOME BUYERS

HATTIESBURG - Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO), an award-winning program of the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi, will sponsor a one-day home-buyer education workshop in Jackson on Saturday, May 31. The workshop benefits residents with disabilities in Hinds and surrounding counties.

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. Applicants of the HOYO program must attend home-buyer education to be considered for financial assistance in purchasing a home.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Northside Center, 104 East Northside Drive.

Representatives from local banks will provide information to individuals interested in first-time home ownership. Budgeting, credit and home-financing topics will be discussed.

All potential home buyers are urged to call Amy Cooper at the Institute for Disability Studies at (601) 432-6876 to preregister for the free home-buyer education. A light lunch will be served at the meeting.

IDS is Mississippi's Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service, headquartered for 25 years at Southern Mississippi. 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 institute's Web site at www.ids.usm.edu or call 1-888-671-0051 (TTY).

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