Home of Your Own Program Helps the Disabled

By: Ashley Conroy Email
By: Ashley Conroy Email

Homeowner Micah Miller first purchased his home in 2009 after saving for three years.

Micah's mother, Shirley Miller, says her son has a learning and language disability. She says her son is very independent and when he first approached her about buying a home, she knew he was ready.

"He asked me how much rent was and I told him it was about $600 or $700, depending on where you live. And he said, 'well I could buy a house,' and I said, well yeah you could," Miller said.

The program is called Home of Your Own, and since it first began in 1997, it has helped over 370 people just like Miller get the proper tools to buy a home.

"A lot of individuals are not aware of the type of mortgage products and grants that are available in helping them achieve home ownership," said Home of Your Own housing counselor, Nita Martin.

At 27, Miller says he's thrilled to be a homeowner, and recommends the Home of Your Own program to anyone in the market.

"I recommend a Home of Your Own program. It makes me feel like an adult and I can do anything," said Miller.

Martin says, for many, this program isn't only about purchasing home, but also about gaining independence.

"I do notice as they finish our program, they become homeowners, and they have a greater sense of pride in themselves," said Martin.

Martin says the entire program takes about a year to complete, and says they also have a post-purchasing counseling session.

The Home of Your Own program is hosting a free workshop at the Medgar Evers Library in Jackson June 19.

For those interested in the program you may call 1(866) 883-4474.

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