MEDIA RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Charles Coats, Director of Homebuyer Services
(979) 823-7200 ext. 112
ccoats@habitatbcs.org
www.habitatbcs.org

Habitat Financial Literacy Workshop Classes Now Offered to the Public

Listen to the WTAW segment about these classes.

Beginning March 14th

[BRYAN] (March 6, 2019) — For the first time, thanks to the generous support of the United Way of the Brazos Valley’s Community Impact Grant program, B/CS Habitat for Humanity is now able to offer to the public the same intensive financial workshop classes it provides to its client homebuyers before they purchase a Habitat home.

These free workshop classes are designed for people considering applying to our Homebuyer Program, those disqualified for financial reasons during the application process, or for those who simply want to get a handle on their finances and credit to better provide for their family’s needs.

B/CS Habitat’s financial literacy workshop classes, taught by experts and practitioners in the fields of banking and finance, will take place every Thursday evening, March 14th through April 4th, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Classes are held in the Education Building behind Habitat’s main office at 119 Lake St. in Bryan and teach important skills such as banking and recognizing identity theft, debt management and credit repair, budgeting and avoiding predatory lending. Those who successfully complete the entire four-week course will receive a certificate of completion and 8 credit hours toward completing our Homebuyer education requirement for future homeowners.

Why open our Financial Literacy workshops to the public?

B/CS Habitat for Humanity requires all future Habitat homeowners to take these financial literacy classes, but these same classes could be very beneficial for many other families in our community. Every year, a majority of those Homebuyer Program applicants are denied because they have too much debt or other problems with their credit history. Through the support of the United Way of the Brazos Valley, we intend to help people in need manage their budget and reduce the debt they have which is keeping them from being able to save and ultimately afford what they need, whether that is a Habitat home, a reliable vehicle or a good education. Maintaining savings can help families avoid typical pitfalls resulting in a cycle of never-ending debt due to high interest rates. Habitat is committed to helping low-income families’ budgets stretch further to provide for a better life, and it hopes to do just that through its Financial Literacy Workshops.

If you wish to enroll in this course or have additional questions, please call Felipa Sanders at (979) 823-7200 ext. 107.

About B/CS Habitat for Humanity

B/CS Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit homebuilder and mortgage lender which has operated in Bryan and College Station since 1989. Since then, it has built close to 300 homes and housed more than 1200 homebuyers and their families. In the process, B/CS Habitat for Humanity has facilitated the financial education of over 500 Habitat homeowners through its certified homebuyer education curriculum. For more information, visit www.habitatbcs.org. 

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September 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT

Financial Literacy Workshop Series: Predatory Lending

September 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT