Below are two letters thanking the Housing Development Corporation of Southwest Florida for the work they do.
Thank you for the invaluable help you and your team provided to me while in the process of buying a home. I am so blessed to have had the assistance from your organization. From the credit counseling and First-Time Home-Buyer's Class to the assistance with filling out paperwork, you helped every step of the way. Thank you for being patient and willing to explain things multiple times. I truly could not have done any of this without your help. The amount of time you put in to ensure my paperwork was complete, speaking to other organizations on my behalf, and answering all of my silly questions did not go unnoticed. I am so thankful to you, Kathleen, and Maria for the information, friendly faces, and encouragement along the way.
The entire staff of HDC of SW Florida, Inc.
D/B/A HELP (Housing, Education, Lending Programs) helped me feel confident, comfortable and they gave me hope throughout the entire process of purchasing my first home. Michael Puchalla sat me down in various one on one meetings explaining process, providing guidance and helpful information. This is my first home ever purchased and if it wasn't for this particular program SHIP along with the Florida Help I would not have been able to make my dream come true. I'm so very thankful for being selected chosen to receive the services. Now I am entering my own home each with a huge smile and encouraging others to go through the program.
Russell Graves of the National Foundation for Debt Management (NFDM) explains another side of housing counseling. In addition to the counseling services provided to clients, agencies are an "information bank". Since COVID-19, many people, often with no prior knowledge of how to get help, have counted on housing counselors to be a guide in navigating both the resources available to them and the procedures to access them.
Housing counseling agencies have continued to be an invaluable resource for the communities in which they serve. Prior to the pandemic, Graves says his agency averaged 2-3 rental assistances per year. Since the pandemic, NFDM has done over 400.
Our member agency, St. Johns Housing Partnership, saved another family from foreclosure.
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