PRIDE’s Single Family Housing Program

Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

July 24, 2014

PRIDE Community Services began a project in 2012 called the Single Family Housing Program to assist low income and very low income families with the process of purchasing a home. Through the duration of constructing two homes near the Peach Creek area in Logan, PRIDE has offered one-on-one credit counseling and home buyer education for interested families.

This program is designed to provide a path to home ownership through education/counseling, financing assistance and construction of single-family homes to families who are low to moderate income. PRIDE also offers Homebuyer Education and Counseling to anyone needing this service, regardless of income. Others who are not participating in the housing program may be subject to a small fee.

As a Community Housing Development Organization, PRIDE’s primary purpose is to provide and develop decent, affordable housing for the community. These two homes will be the first of five new houses PRIDE will be building within Logan County to sale.

“We’ll be building five in the Logan area. Those homes are both three bedrooms, two baths. 1200 square feet,” Human Resources Director/Deputy Director Deena Toth said.

Low to moderate income families residing in Logan County, falling within 80 percent of the area’s median income and meeting credit requirements may be eligible for assistance. A credit score of at least 640 is required. Credit counseling is available for families needing to bring their score up.

“We’re in the process of buying property in other places for those other homes to go,” Toth said.

The two families that were chosen will have the chance to start a life in their new homes in the near future. Toth estimates the houses will be completed before Fall of this year.

“They are starting to work on the interior now,” Toth said.

PRIDE is working with the West Virginia Housing Development Fund’s Community Housing Development Organization to bring this opportunity to Logan County.

“We want to make it possible for families who wouldn’t normally be able to buy to get a house,” Toth said. “This allows them to really get involved in the communities and develop relationships. Owning is a lot different than renting.”

Materials to build the single-family houses were supplied through Badger Lumber, a local lumber company.

Toth encourages anyone who may be interested in the Single Family Housing Program or any of PRIDE’s housing services to call her for more information. She can be reached at PRIDE’s office at 304-752-6868.