Services Homeownership Support
Making home ownership possible
Creating possibilities for housing is core to our mission, and this includes helping homeowners. We offer free programs for folks to explore first-time homeownership, learn about community land trust homes, and help those facing foreclosure find the answers they need. Through these programs, prospective and current homeowners are supplied with information from a trusted source, and that’s just the boost people need to make sense of complex circumstances.
We’re all about collaboration. Our clients work with us to set goals and understand the best way to move ahead to find successful outcomes.
First-Time Homebuyer Workshop Graduates that Purchased a Home
Households Participated in First-Time Homebuyer Programs
Households Who Participated in Counseling that Avoided Foreclosure
Foreclosure Prevention Counseling
Facing foreclosure is a tremendous amount of stress. And really, when you're getting intimidating letters and calls, it's easy to feel helpless and frustrated. But you don't need to face this alone: We work with homeowners to help navigate the complexity by creating understanding and confidence that will uncover the best solution for you.
Homeownership Education & Counseling
Are you curious to see if you're ready to buy your first home? Our first-time homebuyer counseling is a great way to get the ball rolling, even when you are just starting to think about your options. Together, we will formulate a path to homeownership and participants qualify for a grant at the end of the course to be used towards a down payment or closing costs.
Home Fix-Up Resources
We refer low-income homeowners to community resources that help them take on remodeling projects, needed repairs, or energy-saving improvements to their homes.
Community Land Trust
Encouraging homeownership creates a variety of economic and community benefits, and Community Land Trusts create affordable housing while promoting economic mobility.
One of a Kind Program
"I grew up in Shakopee, actually down the street from my fiance, Anna. Like many people after college, we wanted to buy our own place. With just getting started in our careers, we didn’t have enough money saved and had been focusing on our student loan debt. We never thought we would be able to afford a place of our own! We had good consistent income but lacked the ability to put down a down payment to get a house payment comfortable for us. We went through the class, and even though I work in the mortgage industry, I learned so much. And it helped us understand the process, each step of the way."
“I had a heart attack last year and couldn’t work or pay my mortgage for a few months. I asked a company to help me, but it turned out to be a scam. I then contacted the CDA and they helped me with the lender and referred me to the MN Attorney General to address the scam. In just 45 days, my lender approved a workout option. I am now current on my mortgage and can afford to remain in my home even on my fixed income!” ~2018 CDA participant
Dreams become Reality
Val, her husband, and four children live in Savage. With an annual income of $18,000, she was curious about how to increase their earnings while still allowing her husband and herself to have flexible schedules to be able to provide childcare. During her participation in the Self Sufficiency program, she has been able to set goals that have turned into reality. She's gotten her GED and increased their income to over $56,000 a year: Total game changer for their family's ability to prosper. And the next goal? Start her own business. With the escrow funds from her participation in the program, she's got $13,000 to invest in her dream.
Is homeownership right for you?
You May Qualify For a Grant
Participants in our homebuyer programs work on household budgets, how to navigate the steps of a mortgage, and setting goals to transform the dream into reality. Where ever you are in the path to homeownership, we have services to lend a helping hand, and you'll qualify for a grant you can use for your down payment or against your closing costs.Learn More