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HOPE Awards

April 19, 2011 11:32 ET

HOPE Awards Winners Are Committed to Helping Achieve and Sustain Minority Homeownership

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Apr 19, 2011) - Many individuals and organizations across the country are committed to helping minority home buyers minimize and overcome barriers to owning a home, forever enhancing and changing their lives. Some of those contributions were recognized today as winners of the 2011 HOPE Awards (Homeownership Participation for Everyone) were announced.

The HOPE Awards is a national industry awards program that was created in 2001. The awards recognize individuals and organizations who are helping to increase and sustain minority homeownership and are sponsored by a partnership of real estate associations; the awards are conferred every other year.

Winners are chosen based on impact, innovation, minority focus, leadership, and contributions to increase affordable housing, in the areas of education, finance, leadership, media, housing project, public policy, and real estate brokerage. Winners receive $10,000.

The 2011 HOPE Awards winners are:

EDUCATION
Center for Homeownership - Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Forsyth County Inc., Winston-Salem, N.C.
, is the central housing education, counseling and resource agency for Winston-Salem and Forsyth County residents. Administered by the Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Forsyth County, N.C., the center was formed through a collaborative partnership of local government, community housing service providers, lenders, and real estate agents after they recognized that no single entity was able to provide all of the required information and services consumers needed to become successful homeowners. Instead of duplicating efforts, the one-stop, full-service housing counseling center was formed; since 2001 thousands of individuals have turned to the center for pre-purchase counseling, credit rebuilding, homebuyer education, budgeting assistance, and seminars and workshops. The center has helped more than 900 families achieve first-time homeownership, with a foreclosure rate of less than 2 percent.

FINANCE
Movin' Out Inc., Madison, Wis.,
is a nonprofit housing organization that helps individuals with permanent disabilities and their families attain and sustain safe, affordable and integrated homeownership outside of group housing so that they may fully participate in their community. Through pre- and post-purchase education, access to deferred or forgivable loans averaging $16,000, and strong community partnerships, the organization has provided more than $18 million to families across the state, helping nearly 900 households achieve homeownership. In addition, funds have been provided to nearly 300 households for safety or accessibility modifications. Movin' Out has also partnered with a housing developer to increase the supply of affordable homes available to low-income households of people with disabilities.

LEADERSHIP
Travois Inc., Kansas City, Mo.,
was founded 15 years ago by Chairman David W. Bland to offer development and financing assistance, support and training to American Indian tribes who suffer from some of the highest poverty rates and worst housing conditions in the nation. Bland has worked tirelessly with more than 50 tribal organizations to help develop housing for low-income American Indian families, the elderly and people with disabilities, primarily through private investors and the federal government's Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program, which encourages private investment for affordable homes. The organization has successfully raised more than $350 million in new private capital that has been used to build or rehab more than 3,700 homes for rent or ownership on reservations across the country.

MEDIA
eHome America - Community Ventures Corp., Lexington, Ky.,
is an online home buyer education tool created by Community Ventures Corp., as a low-cost option for offering high-quality homebuyer education to individuals in rural areas of the state with limited local resources. The multilingual online course is based on NeighborWorks America curricula and addresses housing issues like homebuying readiness, budgeting and credit, shopping for a home, getting a mortgage and sustaining homeownership. Unlike many courses, the 8-hour program checks students' learning throughout with frequent quizzes and tests. Following the online course, students must receive phone or in-person counseling before receiving their completion certificate. The online course was so successful it was made available to housing agencies across the nation, and today more than 10,000 homebuyers in 42 states have completed the course.

POLICY
Alejandro Becerra, author and independent consultant, Silver Spring, Md.,
is a housing expert who for nearly three decades has advocated policies to increase and sustain minority ownership. Becerra's long-term dedication, leadership and commitment have taken him from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development, where he pioneered a homeownership voucher program in Arizona, to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he helped preserve the federal government's only rural homeownership program for low- and moderate-income families, to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, where he served as a former Senior Housing Fellow. Becerra has authored numerous articles and papers and recently published a book, "Hispanic Homeownership: The Key to America's Housing and Economic Renewal." He is an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, and has been newly tasked with writing an annual report on the state of Hispanic homeownership.

PROJECT
Home HeadQuarters Inc., Syracuse, N.Y.
, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing neighborhoods in central and upstate New York. In addition to offering home buyer education, financial counseling and foreclosure prevention services, the organization plans and develops affordable, high-quality homes and is leading a redevelopment in Syracuse's Near West Side neighborhood. Home HeadQuarters is a key partner of the Near West Side Initiative, a coalition that aims to revitalize a dilapidated neighborhood near the city's downtown, using arts and technology to attract new residents, create affordable housing opportunities, and attract businesses. As part of the project, Home HeadQuarters has acquired 103 residential properties and is rehabbing, deconstructing or demolishing, or building new homes with an emphasis on energy conservation and affordable homeownership.

REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE
Adamo Realty Network LLL, Miami,
is a full-service real estate brokerage that has helped hundreds of culturally diverse South Florida residents -- including first- and second-generation immigrant families -- achieve the American dream of homeownership. The brokerage's decade-old housing education program is offered to more than 600 low- to moderate-income individuals each year and focuses on pre-purchase education, financial fitness counseling and post-purchase advice and resources, such as caring for your home and avoiding foreclosure. Adamo agents also work closely with their clients to help them identify and qualify for down payment, closing cost assistance and subsidized second mortgages. Adamo has strong community partnerships and provides technical assistance to government agencies for their affordable and workforce housing programs and offers financial and technical assistance to community-based organizations, builders, and public-private partnerships.

On May 12, 2011, the seven HOPE Awards winners will receive their awards and present their programs before industry leaders at an afternoon symposium in Washington, D.C. Later that evening, the winners and their accomplishments will be celebrated at a reception.

The HOPE Awards is a biennial awards program recognizing individuals and organizations that are increasing and sustaining minority homeownership. The awards are sponsored by a partnership of real estate organizations: the Asian Real Estate Association America, Chinese American Real Estate Professionals Association, Chinese Real Estate Association of America, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, National Association of Real Estate Brokers, and the National Association of Realtors®. For more information, visit www.hopeawards.org.

Contact Information

  • For further information contact:
    Sara Wiskerchen
    202/383-1013
    National Association of Realtors®
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