Tuesday, February 21, 2012

25th Anniversary of Homebuyers Clubs

NeighborWorks America is joining Manna, Inc. and Network Members across the country to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Homebuyers Clubs this week.

Manna, Inc. was the first organization to create a Homebuyer Club in 1986, a peer support group and a homeownership counseling program. Manna offers low to moderate-income residents of Metropolitan D.C. education and guidance to prepare them for purchasing a home and to sustain the investment of time and money.

Recently two members of Manna's Homebuyers Club shared their story. Meet Willamena Samuels and her daughter Tia Norde; two generations of Homebuyers Club members, in the video below. They show us that being part of a Homebuyers Club makes homeownership possible even for those who thought it wasn’t.

Since the founding of the Homebuyers Clubs numerous organizations have started their own successful clubs. These include PathStone's First Home Club a partnership with Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, Hudson River Housing, Inc. and a club at Community Development Corporation of Tampa.

Thursday, February 23, the founder of Manna, Inc., Reverend Jim Dickerson;NeighborWorks America Board Member and National Credit Union Administration Board Member, the Honorable Christiane Gigi Hyland; NeighborWorks America CEO Eileen Fitzgerald and NeighborWorks American Northeast Regional Director Deborah Boatright will join Homebuyers Club members at the National Press Club to celebrate 25 years of successful first time homebuyers.

Check out stories of Manna's Homebuyers Club members, and be sure to join the conversation on Twitter at #HBC25.