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HAC Awards Over $1 Million for Local Self-Help Homeownership Programs

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Contact: Dan Stern
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HAC Awards Over $1 Million for Local Self-Help Homeownership Programs

Washington, DC, June 2, 2017 – The Housing Assistance Council (HAC) is partnering with six organizations to build 67 self-help homes for low and moderate-income families. HAC provides financing for these projects using $962,325 in funds from the federal Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP), which is administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Through the SHOP program, families develop sweat-equity in the construction of their homes and create a sense of community by assisting their neighbors with the construction of their homes as well. “Since its inception, HAC has been a supporter of the SHOP program as a means for creating safe, affordable housing and stable communities for low-income rural Americans,” said Moises Loza, HAC’s Executive Director. “HAC is proud to work with local organizations across the nation and help families reach their dreams of homeownership.”

Local affiliates leverage resources from a variety of private and public sources to provide this affordable housing opportunity to low- and moderate-income homebuyers. Many of the families participating in HAC-funded SHOP projects obtain low-interest mortgage loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s homeownership program. By leveraging critical resources, including use of volunteer labor when possible, self-help housing producers are able to create affordable, sustainable homeownership opportunities for low-income homebuyers.

SHOP funds cover costs associated with land acquisition and infrastructure improvements. Community-based organizations will supervise homebuying families who work together in groups to construct their own homes and their neighbors’. HAC’s local SHOP affiliates can use up to $15,000 per unit for eligible development. They are responsible for all construction activities, including securing additional funding, preparing sites, training families, and managing the self-help process.

Since the inception of the SHOP program, HAC has been awarded funding to produce 9,827 units of affordable housing for families. To date, HAC’s local partners have completed 9,124 homes.


About the Housing Assistance Council
HAC, founded in 1971, is a nonprofit corporation that supports the development of rural low-income housing nationwide. HAC provides technical housing services, loans from a revolving fund, housing program and policy assistance, research and demonstration projects, and training and information services. HAC is an equal opportunity lender. [tdborder][/tdborder]

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ORGANIZATION

STATE

TOTAL UNITS

Creative Compassion, Inc.

TN

5

Housing Development Alliance

KY

13

Northwest Regional Housing Authority

AR

5

Self-Help Enterprises

CA

27

Kentucky Highlands Community Development Corporation

KY

10

Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc.

AK

7

Grand Total

67

HAC Praises Bipartisan Congressional Action on Affordable Housing

The Kansas City Star recently published a Letter to the Editor submitted jointly by HAC Executive Director Moises Loza and Housing Specialist Stephanie Nichols in praise of HR 3700, the bipartisan housing legislation which recently passed through Congress. The full text of the letter as it appears on the Stars’ website appears below.


Bipartisan effort

Last week, to minimal fanfare, Congress unanimously passed HR 3700, substantive housing legislation that saves money, cuts red tape and increases opportunities for our most vulnerable to live in decent homes and safe neighborhoods.

Leveraging their leadership on a key Financial Services subcommittee, Missouri congressmen Blaine Luetkemeyer and Emanuel Cleaver eschewed partisanship and brought together a disparate coalition of industries, nonprofits and social-justice advocates to support the bill, also known as the Housing Opportunities Through Modernization Act.

Missourians ought to know that two of their congressmen did the hard work of legislating instead of grandstanding, and the low-income communities that we serve are stronger because of their actions.

Moises Loza
Executive Director
Housing AssistanceCouncil

Stephanie Nichols
Midwestern office
Program manager
Kansas City


Read more here: https://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article91127752.html#storylink=cpy