On Saturday, June 4, 2016, Harris County Housing Authority (HCHA) will host a Homebuyer Fair for a select group of its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) holders who have been pre-screened and meet preliminary requirements for the HCHA’s Homeownership Program.

At the event voucher holders will have the opportunity to connect with lenders, realtors and the Harris County Community Services Department (HCCSD) who provides down payment assistance for those who qualify. To date, HCHA has helped 34 families on its HCV Program move from renting to homeownership. This year, HCHA has already helped one voucher-holding family close on a home in March and is expecting another family to close on their home in June. Additionally, HCHA is actively working with six other voucher-holding families completing the home buying process.

“The HCHA’s Homeownership Program is one of the programs where a family, in partnership with HCHA and private sector lenders, can make a significant difference in their own lives,” said Horace Allison, CEO of Harris County Housing Authority. “ As a catalyst, our ultimate goal is for HCHA to be a stepping stone for families to move up and out of the HCV Program by becoming economically self-sufficient. A client may enter the HCV Program as a renter but through their diligence, hard work, and assistance from staff and others, families have an opportunity to achieve the American Dream of homeownership and independence.”

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