down-payment program helps house buyers
The Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County announces the return of its popular Making Pinellas Home down-payment program. The program will offer interest-free, deferred payment assistance to help qualified home buyers achieve the dream of home ownership.
Loans of up to $15,000 are available to households with incomes up to 80 percent of area median income. Loans can be used for a down payment and closing costs. The program is available anywhere in Pinellas County.
There are no payments for the first five years and no interest, ever. Homes must be priced at or below $240,158. For more information about the Making Pinellas Home program, or for referral to an approved lender, contact the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County at (727) 464-8210 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/ community/hfa.
WorkNet Pinellas offers variety of aids
Both job seekers and employers benefit through participation in WorkNet Pinellas, a public-private partnership. It's a system of one-stop career centers for the unemployed, from entry level jobs to potentially high skill/high demand positions. WorkNet provides job placement and training, temporary cash assistance, help filling out unemployment insurance claims, and support services such as subsidized childcare and transportation. Benefits to employers include tax credits, job fairs, prescreened applicants and access to labor market research and information. Get information at worknetpinellas.org or call (727) 524-4344.