April 2018 - Home Repair Season Gets Underway
NOW OPEN: 2018 SHARP Grants for City  of Syracuse Homeowners 

SHARP Grants, or the Syracuse Homeowner Assistance and Repair Program, are now available to eligible city of Syracuse homeowners for needed small, exterior home repairs. The program, made possible through city of Syracuse's Community Development Block Grant funding, provides up to $1,250 for exterior work such as steps, railings, storm doors and window repair and to address code violations or life/safety issues.

Eligible homeowners must meet income eligibility requirements, be current on property taxes and water bills and must provide 10% of their own funds toward the repair project. Interested homeowners are encouraged to apply quickly as last year's SHARP funding was allocated in just four days.

Funding is extremely limited! We recommend applying ASAP. Program information and SHARP applications can be found HERE or by calling Home HeadQuarters at (315) 474-1939.

Homeowners who have already applied, but need additional help with their application paperwork, can meet directly with program staff on SHARP SATURDAY, April 28, 2018, 9am-2pm at Home HeadQuarters, 538 Erie Blvd. West. Call (315) 474-1939 to reserve your spot!
Home Improvement Loans at the Home & Garden Show

Thanks to the Home Builders & Remodelers Association for letting Home HeadQuarters show off all its home improvement financing options for Central New York homeowners at last month's Home & Garden Show.

One homeowner even got so lucky, he won a $50 home improvement gift certificate from us just for visiting our booth: 

Congratulations to Bill Peverly of Syracuse!

So why is Home HeadQuarters one of the leading home improvement lenders in Syracuse? We provide flexible, affordable financing when others can't for reasons like credit issues or a lack of equity. Here's some of our favorite home improvement loans that can help you get the job done:




For more home improvement loan options, visit www.homehq.org.
Willie Oxendine is Full of Energy

Syracuse Southside native Willie Oxendine recently joined Home HeadQuarters as the CNY Community Energy Advisor. In this new role, Willie will work  to increase community understanding of and engagement with existing energy programs and resources within Central New York. Willie, a certified-BPI contractor, plans to reach out to homeowners, landlords, contractors and small business owners with educational workshops and more.

Willie and his wife are new empty-nesters with their last of five kids off to college. Willie sits on the Dunbar Center board of directors and is also busy volunteering with church activities at Bethany Baptist. He hopes by taking on this position, he can help put a friendly face to all the various energy efforts and benefits that exist in our community.

If you'd like to check on scheduling a Energy Workshop, send HHQ an email here!

Closing Cost Assistance Now up to $4,000

For some home buyers, coming up with the closing costs can be a deal breaker. For first time home buyers in Syracuse, or Onondaga, Oswego, Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, or Jefferson counties, Home HeadQuarters has the solution: closing cost assistance of up to $4,000. The closing cost assistance program, made possible by the city of Syracuse and NeighborWorks America, provides closing cost assistance to eligible home buyers either as a low-interest loan or grant.

For closing cost eligibility requirements, information on how to get started on the home buying process and information on how to combine closing cost assistance with a first mortgage from Home HeadQuarters click here.

Since 1996, Home HeadQuarters has provided more than 2,600 home buyers with $7 million in closing cost assistance.
Debbie DeJesus: Another Boomerang

We have a name for employees who leave Home HeadQuarters and then come back: boomerangs. Debbie DeJesus, our new Senior Lending Administrator, is the latest in an ever-expanding boomerang club of people the organization has welcomed back. Debbie first came to Home HeadQuarters as a home buyer of one of the organization's substantial rehabs in Skunk City. For now, Debbie is helping to process home improvement loan applications, coordinate inspection staff and ensure that contractors and homeowners get through the process with ease.

Debbie moved to Syracuse from Puerto Rico when she was just five years old. She currently attends SUNY Oswego where she is working towards a degree in criminal justice. When she's not studying, Debbie enjoys riding her motorcycle in and around the area.
One Homeowner's Land Bank 
House Needed Everything
MAY CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
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MAY 9 OR 23
FREE, 60-minute orientation will introduce you to the basic steps to becoming a successful homeowner and how Home HeadQuarters can help. Orientations are offered on Wednesdays either at 10:30am or 5:30pm.

BEGINS MAY 8 -TUES. & THURS. 
9:30am-11:30am, this 8-hour course provides all the information you need to become a successful homeowner. Trained housing counselors provide class instruction and one-on-one financial counseling.

MAY 8
1:00pm-3:00pm, FREE, 2-hour informational workshop looks at how to avoid foreclosure, how the judicial process works and what to expect once a foreclosure action is filed. Held at Cortland Community Services Building, 2nd Floor conference room, 111 Port Watson St. Cortland.

BEGINS MAY 14 - MON. & THURS. 
5:30pm-7:30pm, this 8-hour course provides all the information you need to become a successful homeowner. Trained housing counselors provide class instruction and one-on-one financial counseling.

MAY 15
5:30pm-7:30pm, FREE, 2-hour informational workshop looks at how to avoid foreclosure, how the judicial process works and what to expect once a foreclosure action is filed. 

MAY 16 
Home Buyer Orientation  - Cayuga County Homsite
FREE, 60-minute orientation will introduce you to the basic steps to becoming a successful homeowner and how Home HeadQuarters can help. Orientation is at 5:30pm.

May 19
Homeownership & Credit 101
6:00pm-7:30pm, FREE, 90-minute introduction to homeownership basics and getting your credit in shape. Offered in conjunction with Common Councilor Latoya Allen. Southside Innovation Center.

For a full 2018 HomeBuyer Education Class Schedule, click HERE!

A Little Kitchen Remodel...
The paint was barely dry when the new, first-time homeowner moved into our recent rehab on Syracuse's Southside. The home, a rare city ranch-style house, needed a little of everything, especially a kitchen re-do. We do want to go on record saying that the kitchen light looks suspiciously similar!

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