Faith-Based Sites Help Homebuyer Education

Homeport Board Chair Chris Hune, left, outside Fifth-Third Bank's 'E-Bus' last summer.

Homeport Board Chair Chris Hune, left, outside Fifth-Third Bank's 'E-Bus' last summer.

Homeport And Fifth Third Bank Team Up Third Consecutive Year

Homeport, in partnership with Fifth Third Bank, is once again taking its homebuyer education classes on the road to faith-based locations this summer and fall.

Homeport Housing Advisory Services Director Netta Whitman.

Homeport Housing Advisory Services Director Netta Whitman.

“We are meeting people where they are,” said Netta Whitman, Homeport Director of Housing Advisory Services.

The Saturday classes are being held:

·       August 5th & 12th, at First Church of God, 3480 Refugee Road, Columbus.

·       Sept. 2nd & 9th, at Oakley Full Gospel Baptist Church, 3415 El Paso Drive, Columbus.

·       Oct. 7th and 14th, at Rhema Christian Center, 3426 Corban Commons Drive, Columbus.

The homebuyer education course consists of two four hour classes, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Click here to learn more and to register on-line, or call 614 221-8889 ext. 134. The course is $99, though Central Ohio households with incomes under $27,850 may be able to participate without paying a fee.

“It doesn’t a require a huge time commitment. And it opens the door to the conversation on what could be possible in home ownership.” Whitman said.

Course topics covered include budgeting and credit, loan products, home inspection, the closing process and how much home you can afford.

First Church of God Bishop Timothy J. Clarke said the classes are invaluable.

“The promise and possibility of owning a home is one of the great hopes that belongs to every American. To own a piece of this country, to be a homeowner is to engage in the American dream in all of its fullness,” Bishop Clarke said. “We at First Church are delighted to partner with our friends at Homeport in helping make that dream a reality and to see that promise fulfilled.”

It is the third year in a row Homeport has teamed up with Fifth Third to provide the classes at area churches.

Fifth Third Senior VP Stefanie Steward-Young

Fifth Third Senior VP Stefanie Steward-Young

“Fifth Third has pioneered a number of educational outreach programs that help consumers gain access to the tools they need to be financially successful,” explained Fifth Third Senior Vice President Stefanie Steward-Young. 

In addition to the faith based location opportunities, the bank, from 3 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 8, will be bringing its Financial Empowerment Mobile or “e-bus” to the parking lot of Homeport, 3443 Agler Road.

Bank specialists can help residents on several financial matters from credit reports to fraud awareness and prevention. The bus and its services will partially overlap Homeport’s Home Readiness Workshop which will be held 6 to 7:30 p.m. inside Homeport’s offices.