WELLS FARGO FOUNDATION in 2020 and 2021 awarded AGORA $29,032 Grant in support of our Home Buyer and Home Owner Housing Advising Program. This stands for WELLS continued support as a committed CommUNITY Investor towards the goal of housing affordability and sustainability.
WELLS FARGO Foundation, historically, was the first CommUNITY Investor that provided AGORA with a Home Ownership Counseling Grant in 2011. This support has enabled AGORA to continue to enhance and expand our housing programs to effectively serve our target area residents.
THE IMPACT OF THIS FUNDING
Home buyers received an educational foundation that focus on financial ability and mortgage default avoidance before a home buyer purchase. After Closing new home buyers are prepared with practical strategies in continued coaching after they close on their home. One-on-One Housing Advising and Home Buyer Education Workshops and Outreach Events have been expanded with an Interactive Telephone and Computer Program for Home Buyers. This expansion has prepared us for the June surge of home buyers who will want to increase their credit scores and develop a Budget that they will use as a tool to decrease the possibility of Mortgage Default. Due to COVID-19 Crisis that took hold of the Nation, the number of home buyers drastically decreased, however, we continue to help home buyers with building their Credit in preparation of successfully surviving COVID-19 and buying their home.
This funding also was integral to AGORA’s ability to continue to help home owners as a new crisis appeared – COVID-19. We were able to increase our Work @ Home Program and serviced over sixty home owners using computer and One-on-One counseling and internet Education Outreach Events. These home owners were able to understand how to ride out the Crisis and learn how to put their Budget in Crisis Mode and how to make important financial decision using the Budget.
AGORA is providing easily accessible help to current and new home owners to have their housing questions and concerns address, before the issue becomes critical – from the comfort of their home. Join AGORA in acknowledging the commitment of WELLS FARGO Foundation to AGORA’s Mission to supply the needed housing help in our communities. Families are on a road to stability and communities are restored with this continued support.
Mary L. Jones, AGORA’s Executive Director, stated “It is my belief that, because we are all in this together. We must provide timely and effective services to support community residents in this ongoing effort this housing recovery and stabilization process.