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Homeowner Spotlight: July 2018

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Gary enrolled in YNDC’s HUD-Approved Housing Counseling program while living in an apartment on the North Side after the VA connected him with our Housing Counselor Tammi.

After a few short months in Housing Counseling, Gary said things came together and he was ready to buy his home. Gary, a veteran of the United States Navy, was born in Warren but spent over 30 years of his life living elsewhere. He returned to the area from Florida with only the clothes on his back, homeless, and suffering from lingering health issues due to an injury. He said he is incredibly grateful to have been given the opportunity to once again own a home and work towards improving his ability to walk. He says he feels stronger every day, having once only been able to crawl around his apartment, struggling to reach the doorknob. Gary said he was drawn to 1823 Fifth Avenue after seeing the fireplace and spacious living room. Gary moved into his new home in late May. Congratulations, Gary, and thank you for investing in Youngstown’s neighborhoods!