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The Community Progress Council will hold workshops this summer to educate prospective first-time home buyers about available housing assistance programs and housing counseling services.

The 10 workshops will cover a range of topics, including fair housing, predatory lending, available mortgage assistance programs, choosing a realtor and lender, credit reports and scores, homeowners’ insurance, home inspections, home maintenance and the closing and settling process, according to a news release.

All workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays from June through September and will be led by housing counselors certified by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, the release states.

Workshops this Saturday, June 17 and June 24 will be held at 160 Roosevelt Ave., Suite 300. Workshops on July 8, July 22, Aug. 12, Aug. 26, Sept. 9, Sept. 23, and Sept. 30 will be held at the Community Progress Council at 226 E. College Ave.

"Our mission as York’s community action agency is to empower individuals and families to move toward self-sufficiency,” CPC president and CEO Robin Rohrbaugh stated in the news release. “By focusing on creating relationships that allow our staff to work with individuals over a longer period of time, we are committing to services that empower our clients to rise above poverty and equip them with the knowledge and skills to work toward long-term change.”

The home buyer education classes are approved by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, and many are prerequisites for several housing assistance programs, including First Front Door, Keystone Advantage and the York Homebuyer Assistance Program and for PHFA mortgage options, according to the release.

The Community Progress Council workshops  also offer housing counseling services, including foreclosure-prevention counseling, credit and budgeting counseling and rental counseling.

Individual, one-on-one session are available and required for some assistance programs.

Those interested in attending the workshops can register by calling 717-846-4600 or email Shelley Peterson, CPC case management and housing program director, at speterson@yorkcpc.org.

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