Programs and Services
First Time Homebuyer Program
Comprehensive housing counseling services, including:
- - Pre & Post Purchase Counseling for First Time Homebuyers in the City of Elmira
- - Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tompkins & Tioga Counties
- - Financial Fitness Workshops
Dear Prospective Homebuyer:
Thank you for your interest in the First-Time Homebuyer Program! This is to invite you to our next Pre-Purchase Home Buyers Workshop.
In the workshop you will learn about goal setting, financial fitness, credit worthiness, working with a lender, what an affordable mortgage is, working with a realtor, the home inspection, responsibilities of being a successful homeowner and more!
THIS INFORMATIVE THREE-PART WORKSHOP IS A REQUIREMENT FOR THOSE SEEKING ASSISTANCE THROUGH THE CITY OF ELMIRA’S FIRST TIME HOME BUYER PROGRAM.
Check back soon for the dates of our next workshop!
We welcome a $10 donation to help cover the cost of materials for the training.
The workshop will be held at Catholic Charities, 215 E. Church Street, Suite 102, Elmira. The parking lot is in the back of the building (access parking through old State Street at the corner of Second Street and Clemens Parkway). Please enter through the back door from the parking lot.
If you are unable to attend the upcoming workshops listed above but want to be invited to future workshops, please notify us. We look forward to working with you and helping you achieve your goal of home ownership. Don’t forget to give us a call or e-mail your RSVP!!!
Jane D. Sokolowski
SEATING IS LIMITED! Please take a moment to RSVP.
607.734.9784, x2132 (Jane) or x2127 (Amy)
GET THE LEAD OUT: PROTECT YOUR FAMILY FROM THE DANGERS OF LEAD DUST
Lead in the human body can damage the brain and nervous system, and cause behavior and learning problems, especially in young children. Lead-based paint is usually not a hazard if it is in good condition (intact) and is not on an impact or high friction spots such as a window or the sills, or a door that is rubbing on its frame. Friction of two painted surfaces can create lead dust which may not be seen by the naked eye. However, it does become airborne. Lead dust can also form when lead-based paint is scraped, dry sanded or heated. Settled lead dust can re-enter the air when people sweep or walk through the dust or vacuum using an ordinary vacuum cleaner.
It is recommended that when doing renovations to your home, a HEPA vacuum be used for cleaning up dust. The First-Time Homebuyer office at Catholic Charities has a HEPA vacuum available for use. We also recommend you read the pamphlet “Reducing Lead Hazards When Remodeling Your Home” available in our office or by calling 1-800-424-LEAD.