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City to host homebuyer workshop

July 14, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The city will be hosting a free homebuyer education workshop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 2 in the upstairs conference room at City Hall.
West Point Housing Coordinator Dorothy Ryland said the Mississippi Home of Your Own program, a division of the Institute of Disability Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi will provide training.
The city hosts the workshop every year and had already had one in January, according to Ryland, but she said she's gotten so many calls from citizens that she requested to do another.
"I got more than 20 calls about doing another one, so it's a pretty popular class," Ryland said. "We usually have about 50 people attend."
She said anyone is eligible to attend the workshop, and the workshop will teach participants about the advantages of owning a home, budgeting, receiving and closing a mortgage loan and where to find available financial assistance.
"Once a participant finishes they get a certificate which makes them eligible for the Mississippi Home Corporation's downpayment assistance program for two years," Ryland said. "That's just for help on the downpayment, not the loan itself."
West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson said this workshop is a good thing for potential home-buyers in the area. He said that although the workshop is open to anyone, it is particularly targeting the disabled.

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