September 20, 2014  

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Mississippi Home of Your Own Homebuyer Workshop Set for West Point

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Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Aug. 2, for residents with and without disabilities in Clay and surrounding counties.

The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the West Point City Hall at 204 Commerce St., in West Point. The workshop is being co-sponsored and refreshments provided by the City of West Point.

In its 17th year of service to Mississippians with disabilities and their families, HOYO is an award-winning program of The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies.  HOYO was created to empower people with disabilities to reach their individual dreams of owning and maintaining their own homes. Since 1997, HOYO has assisted more than 555 people with disabilities and their families in 63 Mississippi counties in becoming homeowners.

Forgivable deferred loans are currently available to eligible borrowers with disabilities in designated areas of the state through HOYO. More information about these grants will be available at the workshop.

HOYO focuses on creating a support system that identifies potential homebuyers, analyzes their housing needs and financial capacity and prepares them for homeownership. Applicants of the HOYO program must attend homebuyer education seminars to be considered for financial assistance in purchasing a home. 

For more information or to pre-register for the free homebuyer education seminar, call Dorothy Ryland with the City of West Point at 662.494.2573 or Heather Steele in the Hattiesburg office of the Institute for Disability Studies toll free at 1.888.671.0051.

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