By Cynthia Germain
Buying your first home just might be easier than you think, thanks to help from a program available from Lakeshore Community Action Program in Sturgeon Bay. The Lakeshore CAP Home Buyers Program offers educational workshops on home buying as well as one-on-one counseling on the process. The counseling begins with a consultation by Consumer Credit Counseling Services professional on good budgeting practices, and participants then complete an online financial literacy course. Chris Loose, Program Manager, then guides first time home buyers through options for further education required to ultimately get help with down payments. Loose says that funds for help with a down payment can come from a number of sources.
The intent of the program is to first educate and then assist the buyer with finding the right source for financial assistance based on income eligibility. Loose notes that this is a coordinated effort with local, state and federal agencies and organizations to help people move forward with buying a home, planting roots in the community.