Home Ownership for the Holidays

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Florida Home Partnership helps 56 families become new homeowners in 2011

As families enjoy the holidays, this holiday season has a special meaning for 56 first time homebuyers as they moved into their new homes this year. With the help of the Florida Home Partnership, a nonprofit community housing development organization, eligible families enrolled in the USDA Mutual Self-Help Housing Program and got their Christmas wish of a new home.

The Mutual Self-Help Housing Program is a unique affordable housing opportunity that enables low and moderate income families to exchange “sweat equity” for down payment in their quest to purchase a new home.    The self-help program began over 40 years ago, and mirrors the "barn raisings" of the Quakers, with neighbors helping neighbors build their homes together.

Some families counted their blessings as they celebrated their first Thanksgiving in their new homes, while others purchased the largest Christmas gift their families may ever see. Earl Pfeiffer, the executive director of FHP, stated, “These families have worked hard to become homeowners, and we at Florida Home Partnership couldn’t be more excited for them.” Future homeowner, Emica Johnson expressed her reason to participate in the program was “to provide a positive role model for my children to see how diligence and a well thought out plan creates opportunities.”

To learn more about the families and their stories, contact, Earl Pfeiffer at 813-672-7860. Also visit http://www.flhome.org for more information.

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