Fair housing fair

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 2, 2007

EUTAW &045; A housing fair will be held in Eutaw Saturday to educate the public on steps and options available to obtain affordable housing.

The fair is a project provided through the Black Belt Action Committee (BBAC). The housing board sub-division of the Community Development Committee, under the BBAC, is in charge of planning and presenting the event.

The fair will have several sessions where groups will present programs and steps they provide to the community. These programs are meant to help those who might otherwise be unable to afford their own homes to purchase rather than rent properties.

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Means said that buying a home is a great move for individuals who want to build equity and wealth. He said the session will help people that don’t think they could afford their own homes find something in their price range.

Kathy James of the Alabama Housing Finance Authority said that she will talk about two home ownership programs that provide lower than market interest rates and help or provide for down payments on homes.

Means said that 35 percent of the housing in Greene and Sumter counties consists of mobile homes. He said that officials from all four counties involved in the fair have been invited to present the steps they have taken to promote and bring more affordable housing in their areas.

Means said that he hopes the program helps keep those looking to own their own homes in the area rather than moving to other communities.

The housing fair will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Carver Middle School in Eutaw.