Upcoming class will show residents how to become homeowners
BALDWIN — For many people, becoming a homeowner can seem impossible, but an upcoming class in Baldwin will help show people how that dream might not be as far out of reach as they may have thought.
The meeting will be hosted at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Baldwin. The class is being organized through St. Ann's Houses to Homes program and the goal is to better educate the public about what their options are.
There is no cost to the class and lunch will be provided. Childcare services will be offered to those with kids who wish to attend.
"The county is known as one of the poorest counties in the state and a lot of us grew up thinking we can't afford certain things like a house," explained Cookie Arquette, one of the class' organizers. "We want people to know if they can get a house, how they can get it and what they can do if it's out of reach right now."
Several speakers will be coming in and will teach those in attendance about the different factors which can come into play when buying a home, as well as shortcuts and outside resources which can help get them to that goal. They also will give tips on how to improve their financial standing so they can get to a point where they can purchase a house if they are not there yet.
Arquette said the core of the class is self-improvement and learning how to help yourself.
"Some people might not be thinking about the future and maybe this will help them get on a better path," remarked Arquette. "There are lots of ways people can reach for something better and this is one of those ways."