Sanchez an HEP success story

August 4, 2016

At Mid Michigan Community Action, the Homeowner Empowerment Program (HEP) provides individuals with the support needed to achieve financial stability

Jessica Sanchez

Jessica Sanchez

and realize success with homeownership. Jessica Sanchez, a former participant of the program and new homeowner, knows firsthand that turning the American Dream into a reality is possible with the right resources.

For Sanchez, owning a home was something she wanted but as a single woman with limited income she was concerned it wouldn’t be a possibility. Her initial concerns went away the moment she was connected with home empowerment coordinator, Colleen Brubaker. Together they worked to identify her personal barriers and find the solutions needed to accomplish her goals. In this case, saving was Sanchez’s main barrier, so Brubaker got her set up with an Individual Development Account in February 2014.

In a year and a half Sanchez had enough for a down payment by matching the $1,000 she contributed 3:1 for a total of $4,000. Simultaneously she attended homebuyer education sessions that prepared her to go from a home renter to an owner by providing her with information about money management, borrowing basics, consumer rights, insurance and long-term planning, and homeownership and maintenance.

This month Sanchez will celebrate the first year in her new home. She says during the past 12 months she has used a lot of what she learned from the program but the biggest takeaway from her homeownership journey is the ability to believe positive changes are possible even when they seem out of reach at first.

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