“In 2022, 107 new homeowners were made by coming through Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services’ Home Buyers Education and Coaching Program,” says McCann, who is executive director of KNHS. “Of them, 58 percent received some kind of down-payment assistance. The average amount was $8,400.”

So she thanked the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday evening for approving additional assistance for supportive services through the new Kalamazoo County Housing Millage. The assistance included a $200,000 grant for KNHS to help provide people of limited means make a down payment.

“It truly is the missing piece of the puzzle sometimes for someone to reach their goal of owning a home and achieving the American dream of home ownership and just changing their lives,” says McCann. She was one of several organizational leaders and project developers to thank the board for approving more financial help to those trying to create more housing opportunities.

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