May 2017 News & Notes
SHARP Grant Program Allocated in Record Time
Applications for the $1,000 exterior home repair grant program that's known as SHARP, went out early and in record time. In less than five days, more than 160 SHARP applications were completed by city of Syracuse homeowners for everything from new storm doors to porch repair. Many thanks to SUN and NEHDA for helping to get the word out about the program and inviting residents to apply.

While funding for this and many other programs supported through Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), HOME Funds and the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) fund is still in jeopardy from federal budget challenges, our local representatives and others do not support cuts and have proposed keeping the funding through the end of the year. To see a letter signed by 21 Syracuse non-profit agencies in support of CDBG and HOME funding click here.
Mr. Ferrer Wants You to Know a Few Things About Owning a Home

When Leonides Ferrer moved to Syracuse from Puerto Rico in 2004 with his wife, son and granddaughter, he didn't think twice about renting an apartment.
 
He and his family had always rented in Puerto Rico with its high cost of living and owning one's home, being a rare occurrence for a small percentage of the population. A little over a year ago, Leonides ran into a friend who couldn't stop talking about classes he was taking at the HomeOwnership Center at Home HeadQuarters.

"I realized, after speaking with my friend, that in the long run, you end up paying almost triple for rent and you have nothing to show for it. I signed up for the classes immediately. Everyone should do this." said Mr. Ferrer.
 
In less than one year, Mr. Ferrer and family were the proud owners of a Home HeadQuarters' renovated house in the city's Court-Woodlawn neighborhood on a quiet, street filled with gardens and trees. Mr. and Mrs. Ferrer feel a sense of pride in being the first of their families to own a home and are already making some "renovation" plans of their own.

"Next step?" asks Mr. Ferrer with a smile. "We're putting in central air!"

Want to find out more about owning your own home? Visit the HomeOwnership Center at Home HeadQuarters here : www.hochhq.org.

Need help finding a home? Visit CNY Affordable Realty here: www.cnyaffordablerealty.org.
Contractor Breakfast
Tuesday, May 16 |  8am-9:30am
Home HeadQuarters | 538 Erie Blvd. West

You're invited to learn about the latest home improvement
loan products for your customers, commercial lending opportunities, upcoming construction & rehab  projects and more! 
Meet Home HeadQuarters' staff  and enjoy a light breakfast.

Register by Fri. 5/12 to: (315) 474-1939 or info@homehq.org
Meet Lending Administrator Cleyson Lino

Cleyson comes to Home HeadQuarters from Guatemala with a stop in New York City and then to Morrisville State College, all before landing in Syracuse. 

Cleyson is Home HeadQuarters' Lending Administrator, a newly-created position that will help direct and care for first-time and returning loan customers. As a fluent Spanish speaker, Cleyson will also help translate for those customers who feel more comfortable communicating in Spanish.

He's a big sports fan and a pretty good soccer and football player himself, but the accomplishment of which Cleyson is most proud is the fact that he is the first person in his immediate family to graduate college. Cleyson hopes to become his very own Home HeadQuarters lending customer when he purchases his own home. Welcome to Syracuse and HHQ, Cleyson Lino!

CNY Affordable Realty

Did you know that Central New York's ONLY non-profit realty is located within Home HeadQuarters? CNY Affordable Realty is a Home HeadQuarters' affiliate and offers licensed real estate professionals, property listings, property management services, buyer brokerage and more. For information on properties or to make an appointment, call (315) 671-6008, visit   www.cnyaffordablerealty.org  or email here.
 


Additional Bits...
  • Block Blitz is scheduled for Thursday, September 14 on Syracuse's Southside. Are you signed up yet as a volunteer team and sponsor? Volunteer for one hour or the whole day--we promise to make you sweat no matter what. Questions? Email here or visit www.homehq.org/block-blitz.
  • Commercial Loans  are now available at Home HeadQuarters! 
    HHQ understands that healthy and vibrant neighborhoods are made up of more than just quality homes, they include local restaurants, retail and small businesses.  With more than 20 years of home purchase and repair lending experience, HHQ is now offering financing to those individuals and businesses that share our commitment to revitalizing Central NY communities.  Our Commercial Loans can be used for working capital, interim financing, construction projects, and the purchase and improvement of real estate.  For more information, contact Johanna at (315) 474-1939 or by emailing here.
  • Both the Outer Comstock Neighborhood Association and University Neighborhood Preservation Association are offering, through Home HeadQuarters, a 1% Home Improvement Loan for homeowners in their neighborhoods. To apply or for more information, visit here.

Thank you to Excellus BlueCross BlueShield for their Community Health Award to Home HeadQuarters. The funds will be used to purchase tap water lead testing kits for 50 to 75 households on the city's Southside and involved in Home HeadQuarters' Green & Healthy Home Initiative Greater Syracuse. Households will be reached during HHQ's Annual Block Blitz event. Water filters will be provided for all households that have contamination levels above the Environmental Protection Agency's action limit. [Pictured: Jim Reed, Excellus BC/BS; Kerry Quaglia, Home HeadQuarters; and Katie Bronson, GHHI at Home HeadQuarters.
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