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Down Payment Assistance Project For First-Time Homebuyers Announced

Matthew Hurst

Fair housing advocates are offering down payment assistance loans to 100 first-time home buyers in Oregon.

NEDCO, Community Lending Works, and Willamette Neighborhood Services call it Project Reinvest Down Payment Assistance. 

Karen Saxe is NEDCO’S Director of Asset Building Programs.  She says each loan is for $10,500.

“It is a no-interest, no-payment loan," says Saxe.  "So nothing is asked of you to pay back during the life of the loan.   

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Karen Saxe, Director of Asset Building Programs at Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO)

"And then when you would pay the loan back is when you are looking to maybe sell the home down the road, or if you’re refinancing and taking equity out.

"At that point, what we would do, is recapture those funds, and then recycle them back into another loan for another first time homebuyer.” 

The loans are for people buying homes in seven counties, namely Lane, Linn, Coos, Benton, Clackamas, Marion, and Lincoln.  

Saxe says the project’s money comes from a national settlement with Bank of America.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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