New partnership offers pathway to home ownership in Macon

A home ownership and community advocacy organization is partnering with a Macon agency to combat blight and revitalize communities through increased home ownership, according to a news release.

The Macon-Bibb County Shalom Zones announced this week it will be working with the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, which is certified by HUD, to improve neighborhoods. The partnership will begin with a American Dream Home Buyer's Workshop on March 19.

Georgia Technical College, at 3300 Macon Tech Drive, will host the event at 8:30 a.m. inside the Building H auditorium.

The lending program provided by the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, or NACA, is groundbreaking, said Shalom Zones coordinator Frank Austin.

"Breaking the cycle of low home ownership and high rental rates is a high priority for the Shalom Zones," Austin said in the release. "The percentage of homeowners in the Shalom Zones is far below the national average. Increased home ownership affects everything from crime rates to educational achievement and even public health."

One of the benefits of NACA's lending program is that a minimum loan amount is not necessary to buy a home. The program also offers loans that don't require a down payment, closing costs or perfect credit, the release said.