Thank YOU! And YOU! And YOU, too!

Here's our list of some of the folks we'd like to send a special thank you to for making this past year meaningful in so many ways:

Thank you to the 800 people who took a deep breath and decided to take the first step to becoming a home owner this past year by signing up for one of our HomeOwnership Workshops.

Thank you to the City of Syracuse and others for fighting for vital federal CDBG dollars that make programs like our Emergency Home Repair Program possible. Over 100 families repaired collapsed foundations, non-working furnaces, leaking roofs and more with funding they couldn't find anywhere else.

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Annual Meeting held at the former DeJulio's space and learned about our possible commercial "Foodprenuer" Hub project along with the Laci's folks and everything else we're working on. Thanks especially to all the new homeowners (like this family, with our favorite attendees under four feet tall, who purchased a Land Bank house using our First Mortgage Financing) who stopped by to celebrate and page through our Annual Report.

Thank you to all our volunteers who helped us make a difference this year including Board and Committee members, Block Blitz volunteers and all the various local businesses who volunteer to share their expertise for our Home Buyer Education participants.

Thank you to all our partner local financial institutions, like Geddes Federal Savings & Loan, who invest in Home HeadQuarters' FlexFund Home Improvement Loan Program. These investments allow us to lend directly to Central New York homeowners who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to borrow from typical financial businesses.

Many thanks to the Allyn Family Foundation for their support of our efforts through their Community Prosperity InitiativeWith their help, HHQ was able to apply and be awarded funding through the 2017 Consolidated Funding round. This funding will help us to redevelop several mixed-use, commercial buildings in the City of Syracuse.    The Foundation has been a longtime supporter of Home HeadQuarters and we have appreciated their encouragement of our work. 

This Guy? Really? Well, he has almost single-handedly made sure that more than 160 Syracuse homeowners can rely on $1,000 grants to repair steps, windows and more through the SHARP Program at HHQ every year.
 
A giant thank you to NYS Homes and Community Renewal for announcing Home HeadQuarters as a funding recipient through the Small Rental Development Initiative (SRDI).  Through this new initiative, HHQ will receive more than $2.8 million in HOME funds to help us renovate rental units in the Near Westside--including five Land Bank properties (Thanks to the Land Bank, too!).  

And the biggest thanks is for YOU! Thank you for reading (almost to the end), showing up and most of all, for helping us strengthen and improve our neighborhoods, one family, one house and one block at a time.
Construction is Underway on Otisco Street
Construction is underway on Otisco Street: Resilient Corners Project
Construction is underway on Otisco Street: Resilient Corners Project
Introducing Superior Servicing

After more than two years of working to become licensed with New York State, Superior Servicing Headquarters, LLC can finally service loans. Superior Servicing, a new affiliate of Home HeadQuarters, will fill a gap in the New York State lending market by offering loan servicing to non-profit lenders, municipalities and other groups that need servicing support. Superior Servicing provides low cost, high-quality servicing from a team that is already familiar with community development lending.

Superior Servicing also gives Home HeadQuarters the ability to sell its own loans while retaining servicing rights. Ultimately, this means there will be more money to lend to Central New Yorkers looking to improve their property. Currently, Superior Servicing is providing loan servicing for Habitat for Humanity New York State which provides assistance to 49 Habitat for Humanity chapters in the state and for the city of White Plains.
Mary Jo Richer Named 
CNY Affordable Realty Associate Broker

Please join us in congratulating Mary Jo Richer on becoming an associate broker with our CNY Affordable Realty team.

Mary Jo specializes in first-time home buyers, property management and assisting buyers and sellers on the affordable end of the market.

CNY Affordable Realty is the only non-profit real estate brokerage in Central New York. For more information about CNY Affordable Realty and available properties, visit here.
JANUARY CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
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BEGINS JANUARY 8 - MON. & THURS. 
Home Buyer Education - 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.

JANUARY 10 or 24
Home Buyer Orientation - 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.

JANUARY 13
Saturday Home Buyer Education - 9am-5pm class requires a pre-approval from a lender or enrollment in a First Home Club.

JANUARY 16
Understanding & Preventing Foreclosure - 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.

JANUARY 16
Cortland County Understanding & Preventing Foreclosure - 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.

JANUARY 17
Homsite (Auburn) Home Buyer Orientation 
5:30pm, FREE, 60-minute orientation will introduce you to the basic steps to becoming a successful homeowner and how Homsite and Home HeadQuarters can help. Held at Homsite, 60 Clark Street, Auburn.

For a full 2018 Class Schedule, click HERE!

Strathmore & Valley Full Rehabs For Sale
First-time home buyers are in for something special with Home HeadQuarters' two most recently completed rehabs. For either house, graduates of HHQ's nationally-certified HomeBuyer Education Course can take advantage of the great sales price, Closing Cost Assistance of up to $3,000, First Home Club grants of up to $7,500 with participating lenders and more. Click on the images below for more information.
Meet Paul Sheehan

"Account payable is accounts payable," so says Home HeadQuarters newest staff accountant Paul Sheehan. Paul joins our non-profit organization from definitely for-profit Pyramid Management Group, but the change in business type doesn't faze him.

Paul hails originally from Albany, but decided to stay in Syracuse after graduating from Syracuse University with a Masters in Accounting. When not keeping the numbers in line, Paul is an avid S.U. Basketball fan and fantasy football practitioner who, he would like everyone to know, currently leads his family's fantasy football league.
Before & After, Old & New, During, etc.?
We don't usually have one photo that represents so many different stages of a particular project, but we thought that this substantial rehab we're doing on Syracuse's Far Westside might fit the bill. Our Opportunity Headquarters construction crew is truly one of the best!

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