First Niagara supports Niagara Falls Neighborhood Housing Servicesby jmaloni
Bank will provide financial support for homebuyer education programs
The First Niagara Foundation and Niagara Falls Neighborhood Housing Services Inc. are partnering to provide educational support for first-time homebuyers in Niagara Falls.
The free homeownership classes will offer information on financial planning for home purchases, credit issues and foreclosure prevention. The First Niagara Foundation is providing a $5,000 grant to fund the program to provide first-time homebuyers with access to financial education and personal credit management tools.
"First Niagara believes in making our community a better place by working to revitalize our neighborhoods," said Buford Sears, First Niagara Buffalo market executive. "We join with Niagara Falls Neighborhood Housing Services Inc. to help families realize their dreams of home ownership - and build a foundation to support the future success of the entire Niagara region."
Janet Billingslea is a client of Niagara Falls Neighborhood Housing Services who recently purchased her first home with the organization's guidance. She said, "I was blessed to find them, and now I have a beautiful home."
Niagara Falls Neighborhood Housing Services focuses on improving the quality and stability of the housing stock in local neighborhoods by providing new homeownership opportunities for families.
First Niagara Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1998. The foundation is committed to supporting organizations in the communities in which members live and work with specific focus on youth and education, community development and neighborhood revitalization. In 2012, the foundation contributed more than $10 million in charitable grants to community partners. For more information, visit www.firstniagara.com/community.