Big Turnout at Housing Fair

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BY DIANE S. WILLIAMS

Hundreds of DC 37 members and retirees took their first steps towards buying a home at the union’s 14th annual housing fair on Aug. 24 at 125 Barclay Street.

“Home ownership is possible for our members,” said Ruth Pena, director of the Municipal Employees Housing Program. “We start with budgeting and saving for the purchase to closing on a house, condo or coop apartment. We offer a range of service providers — real estate agents, home inspectors, mortgage lenders, and more. We work within members’ budgets and even repair their credit report.”

Members participated in workshops and classes Saturday afternoon that helped them prepare for home ownership. Those searching for apartments can access a special 5 percent set aside of affordable rentals. Members who may be homeless or victims of domestic violence can also find safe housing through the program.

MEHP has helped hundreds of members buy one- to four-family properties. Union members who qualify can get a grant of up to $40,000 through the city Housing Preservation and Development’s HomeFirst down payment assistance program. The union’s Municipal Employees Legal Services plan provides a free lawyer when a member closes on a home purchase — a $2,000 savings.

For more information, call Municipal Employees Housing Program at  212-815-1814.

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