Local branch of BancorpSouth hosting homebuyer workshop

PINE BELT (WDAM) - The following is a press release from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, July 23, for any residents in Forrest and surrounding counties interested in buying a home.

The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the BancorpSouth Bank at 100 Hardy Street in Hattiesburg. The workshop is co-sponsored by BancorpSouth, and light refreshments will be provided.

In its 19th year of service to Mississippi families, HOYO is an award-winning program of The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies. HOYO empowers people with and without disabilities to reach their individual dreams of owning and maintaining their own homes. Since 1997, HOYO has assisted more than 625 families in 65 Mississippi counties in becoming homeowners.

Forgivable deferred loans based upon need are currently available to eligible borrowers with disabilities in designated areas of the state through HOYO. More information about these grants will be available at the workshop.

HOYO focuses on creating a support system that identifies potential homebuyers, analyzes their housing needs and financial capacity and prepares them for homeownership.

Applicants of the HOYO program must attend homebuyer education seminars to be considered for financial assistance in purchasing a home.

For more information or to pre-register for the free homebuyer education seminar, call Heather Steele at the Institute for Disability Studies at 601.266.4097.