Dee Rodriguez of Columbus has never owned a home but she hopes to change that this year.
“People are getting hungry,” Rodriguez said. “You have not because you ask not.”
Rodriguez was one about 60 residents who filled a meeting room at the Columbus Public Library Tuesday afternoon for the Seventh Annual Housing Fair. The event was sponsored by the Community Reinvestment Department of the Consolidated Government and United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley.
The fair brought together bank officers, real estate agents, nonprofit housing advocates and city officials to encourage home ownership to low income residents. They focused on becoming a homeowner, benefits of owning a home, credit counseling, maintaining credit and preventing foreclosure.
With all the government programs available to help people get into homes, Rodriguez said it would be a blessing from God for her. “I’m trying to find a decent home,” she said. “I’d like to get in a house this year.”
A second fair will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Salavation Army’s Lovick P. Corn Center, 5201 Warms Spring Road.