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CDCB to host information session Thursday

November 28, 2018

The Community Development Corporation of Brownsville will host an information session at 6 p.m. Thursday at 901 E. Levee St. for members of the public interested in learning about the homeownership process.

Melissa Landín, CDCB Public Relations and Marketing coordinator, said the nonprofit organization hosts information sessions regularly for the public to attend and learn.

“Our mission is to help families and individuals realized their dream of home ownership, so anything that they may need along that journey, we assist them with,” Landín said. ““Individuals who come here for the first time for an info session are generally surprised at the number of resources that are available to them, everything from down payment assistance to free financial coaching.”

The “CDCB Info Night” will cover different topics, including CDCB’s available resources, budgeting and credit, and will be in English and Spanish.

Landín said attendees can learn more on how to improve their credit, budget their money and may even be able to schedule appointments for future meetings with home advisers at CDCB.

“We talk a little bit about credit,” she said. “The average credit score in our area is in the 400s. Sometimes families or individuals are discouraged because a mortgage loan requires something that’s generally higher than that, but we let them know that we have financial coaches here to help them address any credit issues in order to qualify them for a home. That’s a service we provide at no cost.”

Landín added that the mission of CDCB is to create sustainable communities across the Rio Grande Valley and hosting information sessions, such as the one Thursday, can help reach that goal.

“I know that we have a lot of individuals or families that are either renting or living with other family members and they may sometimes feel discouraged that home ownership may not be within their reach,” she said. “With the resources that we have, we advise them that it is very much within their reach; it just requires a little bit of patience before you can actually own a home.”

If unable to make it to Thursday’s event, individuals may attend another information session next week at noon Dec. 6 at CDCB.

“Even if an individual isn’t interested in purchasing a home yet and maybe just wants to address some credit issues or wants to learn about budgeting, we do that too at no cost,” “They don’t have to buy a home through us. Our number one goal is to help families and individuals become homeownership ready.”

For more information, call CDCB at (956) 541-4955.

jsanchez@brownsvilleherald.com

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