“What I like the most about providing counseling is the opportunity to help individuals and families to achieve their dream of becoming home owners. I enjoy helping those who are afraid to lose their home to foreclosure, helping them understand their rights and how to navigate the process, whether it’s a home purchase or a possible home retention.”– Dante Lara,  Community & Economic Development Division Coordinator

Dante Lara is not letting this quarantine come between his clients and the essential services he and his colleagues provide. Dante’s been an integral part of La Casa for more than eight years, providing HUD Certified counseling and training to first-time home buyers, homeowners, landlords, and tenants. 

Dante and his team now offer their popular First-Time Home Buyers Workshop virtually by sharing a video that clients can watch at their own pace. Once they pass an online test, clients complete one-on-one counseling sessions over the phone. Then, they can receive a HUD-certified 8 Hour Home Buyer Certificate. 

An added bonus to La Casa’s first-time home buyer program is that clients receive free financial counseling as well. This includes credit counseling, pre and post-purchase counseling for those needing further guidance, and landlord training for those looking to purchase a multi-family unit.

Our program makes an impact. Our prepared home buyers have better rates of sustaining their homes compared to first time home buyers with no training.  And, with a certificate in hand, home buyers can qualify for downpayment assistance programs and more competitive mortgage terms and rates from an assortment of reputable lenders.

If you know anyone who might benefit from housing counseling, contact Dante Lara at 

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