To The Herald-Whig:
Ten years after the housing market crash, we are still a nation at risk. If we are not careful, we could find ourselves plunging headfirst into a repeat crash.
Despite gains in more responsible lending, we are still ignoring the lessons learned. One of the most significant lessons is that partnering with an organization that has all the resources that make a community successful is key.
NeighborWorks America and its network of organizations around the country -- including North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC), headquartered in Bowling Green, Mo., -- help residents thrive in the face of challenges, including the uneven recovery that has contributed to declining opportunities, such as home ownership, for too many in our communities.
NECAC helps to ensure that people have the proper tools and resources so they are informed consumers from the moment they consider owning a home. In the past year, the agency has leveraged $10,481,441 for housing development programs, helped 84 families become homeowners, provided home ownership counseling to 255 families, offered financial fitness counseling to 50 families and weatherized 132 houses in our 12-county area.
Over the past 40 years, NeighborWorks America and its network have assisted an estimated 8t million people through affordable housing and counseling.
In Missouri and in other regions across the country, increasing access to information and resources will help people reach goals, such as home ownership, that they once considered unattainable.
NECAC president and CEO
Bowling Green, Mo.
NeighborWorks America president and CEO