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Home ownership program cut

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A state funded program that helps people with own homes is being cut. The Georgia Dream program provides down payment assistance to low income and disabled people.

Billie Sheffey went from being homeless in New York to being a homeowner in Albany because of a $20,000 down payment grant. She's proud of her three bedroom home.

Now, because hard times have hit the state government, the grants have been cut in half for those who qualify.  Sheffey said, "I know what it's like to be homeless. I know what it's like not to have stability. That's a horrible, horrible feeling. I recommend this program and I plead with the state and the city, keep this program. Keep this program."

Cassandra Miller said, "Down payment assistance will help people who have the income to pay rent/pay mortgage but may not have that two, three, four thousand for down payment."

The We Care Alliance which aids people with getting into homes will now plead with the city to help with down payment assistance.

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