LHOP Story: David Hummer

Throughout this country, the importance of fair and affordable housing is recognized as a fundamental requirement for all. The need is enormous, and the lasting impact it can have on children, families, and individuals is undeniable.

In a recent update on The Power of Housing in “How Housing Matters,” an online portal of The Urban Institute, and the MacArthur Foundation:

“Housing is at the epicenter of all opportunities and outcomes. It is the first rung on the ladder to economic opportunity, and a person’s access to opportunity is linked with that of their community. From health, to economic mobility, to educational opportunity, to racial equity, and beyond, housing shapes families and communities.”

Maya Brennan and Veronica Gaitán

At Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership, we believe that everyone deserves quality, affordable home, either to purchase or rent.  We also recognize that purchasing a home is a serious commitment and often an intimidating challenge for many first-time homebuyers. The staff at Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership and LHOP at York Housing Opportunity Center understand that buying a home can be a daunting task when you don’t realize all the steps involved in the process. Our  Homebuyer Program Initiative is geared to assist and equip potential homebuyers with knowledge through educational courses, one-on-one counseling, and other program offerings. 

Earlier this year, David Hummer was renting the home that he lived in Manchester, PA. A few short months later David is now a homeowner!  While watching TV an ad for York Habitat for Humanity First-Time Homeownership for Veterans appeared and David, a veteran, wanted to learn more.  He contacted York Habitat for Humanity who explained their program and the partnership with York Housing Opportunity Center programs.  David took advantage of York Housing Opportunity Centers free Pre-Purchase One on One Counseling and the First Time Homebuyer Class, both were tremendously beneficial.  David is very happy to have completed both the counseling and class, but especially for his new home in York and grateful to both York Habitat for Humanity and York Housing Opportunity Center for the programs and opportunities offered to veterans and other first-time homebuyers throughout York County.

David Hummer and York Habitat for Humanity Office Manager Christie Young

Marysol Carino, Director of our York Housing Opportunity Center, is passionate about helping the York community improve their lives and accomplish their dreams. Marysol is certified, through NCHEC, in pre-closing, pre-purchase Homebuyer Education, and was excited to work with David on his dream of owning a home of his own.

David would later report that he found the York Housing Opportunity Center both efficient and thorough, and he was quickly approved for the York Housing Assistance Program. David made settlement on a home of his own on June 19th, and it has been a true life-changer for him.

“Having a home of my own is so great! I have a feeling of pride and security now that I have never known before. Now , I own my own home and I am so pleased that there are programs for Veterans like me to ensure that we can have productive roles in our communities after our military service.”

– David A. Hummer, First-Time Homeowner and U.S. Veteran

Because Everyone
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