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Last updated 9:53AM ET
December 13, 2017
KSUT Regional
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RHA Parades Affordability Programs
(2007-09-24)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Local efforts to make affordable housing available to more are picking up steam.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: While homes were on parade in Durango and La Plata County the past few weeks, dozens who'd like to buy a home were marching to class weekly to make their dream come true.
Last Wednesday, the Regional Housing Authority graduated its second class in its Home Grown, Planting the Seeds for Homeownership program.
RHA Program Director Julie Levy says the classes, one night a week for three weeks, help prepare 25 to 30 people to buy a home.
LEVY: WE COVER EVERYTHING FROM THE REAL ESTATE PROCESS TO MORTGAGES AND WHAT KIND OF MORTGAGES THERE ARE OUT THERE, AND HOW THAT PROCESS WORKS. CLOSING, INSPECTION, REFINANCE, TAXES, LOTS OF TIME WAS SPENT ON CREDIT AND BUDGETING BECAUSE USUALLY THAT'S THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE TO HOME OWNERSHIP.
Students hear from Real Estate Agents, lenders, and anyone else who plays a role in home ownership.
Darlene Clayton finished the class last week and hopes to close on her first home sometime in the next year.
CLAYTON: I REALLY GOT A GOOD OVERVIEW OF HOW THE WHOLE PROCESS IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE AND A LOT OF THE BUDGETARY NUMBERS THAT WE'RE GOING TO NEED TO KNOW BEFORE WE EVEN START THE WHOLE PROCESS. IT WILL BE MY FIRST HOME AND I THINK IT'S THE MOST SCARY THING I'VE EVER DONE IN MY LIFE, BUT I DEFINITELY FEEL SUPPORTED BY THIS CLASS AND THE AGENCIES THAT WE HAVE IN THE COMMUNITY TO HELP US SO IT ISN'T AS SCARY ANY MORE.
Two other students, Jonathon Tagnolatti and Delta Buck are building their first home home through Colorado Housing.
They say they'd recommend the program to anyone.
TAGNOLATTI/BUCK: I WOULD SUGGEST IT TO ANYBODY WHO'S LOOKING TO BUY A HOME, OR EVEN TO BUILD ONE, BECAUSE THE MORTGAGES PART CAN GET REALLY CONFUSING AND EVERYTHING. AS MUCH INFORMATION AS YOU CAN GET, IT'S HELPFUL.
Levy says the number of affordable homes on the market locally is on the rise right now, due to a number of factors.
Graduates of the class also receive one on one counseling, assistance in working out a plan and possible down payment help.
RHA's goal is to put 100 or more people per year into homes through these classes and other programs it's now offering.
LEVY: WE ALSO HAVE A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT STRATEGIES THAT THE REGIONAL HOUSING AUTHORITY IS WORKING ON, FAIR SHARE, INCLUSIONARY ZONING POLICIES WITH THE CITY, THE COUNTY AND IGNACIO. WE ALSO HAVE A TRUST FUND THAT WE'RE BUILDING, WE'RE DOING SOME LAND DEVELOPMENT AND PRE-DEVELOPMENT WITH PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS AND THEN OTHER BROADER EDUCATION AND OUTREACH POLICIES WHICH WE THINK WILL GENERATE ABOUT 100 OPPORTUNITIES PER YEAR.
The monthly classes are free.
To learn more about the classes, or any other RHA programs, just call the authority at 259-1418.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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