WEST PALM BEACH,FL--"We're going to educate you, we'll prepare you, walk you through the steps and put you into a single family home. That's our goal," said Palm Beach County Urban League CEO/President Patrick Franklin.
Construction began in October 2009 on the corner of Palm Beach Lakes and Henrietta Avenue. The site was chosen for the Homebuyer Incubator Program. It's designed to give families the power of home ownership.
After several months of intense labor, an area that is known as a rough neighborhood now has a new centerpiece of pride. "We worked with a great team of architects and builders and partners that said 'yes' we believe in what you're doing and 'yes' we want to make the community a better place to live," said Franklin.
"It feels great. I mean there's nothing better than watching people who never believed they'd have a chance smile and enjoy the opportunity," said Lon Gopie, Urban Community Development Corporation.
Opportunity indeed, eleven low income families may stay in the development for up to 2 years while they work toward buying a home of thier own. "We're going to take part of your monthly income, put it into escrow and say (when you're ready to move into a single family home) here's a check for a down payment or closing costs to help you in that process," Franklin explained.
Through the program, they'll recieve finanical counseling and attend workshops. "Educate them, show them what it's all about from a budgeting standpoint, the homebuyer workshop, credit counseling, putting it all together in one comprehensive program," Gopie shared.
Inspiring many in this community to achieve the "American Dream..."
Families will start moving in next week. A few units are still available. For more information, call the Palm Beach County Urban League at 561-833-1461.
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