Nonprofit offers opportunity

Ten people will get

$9,000 in assistance

June is National Homeownership month and to celebrate, Highland Community Builders, a local nonprofit housing developer, is offering a special $9,000 in financial assistance to 10 lucky households who would like to purchase a brand new, energy efficient home in the Highland Meadows neighborhood in Elkins.

“Highland Meadows is a new Elkins neighborhood with an array (of) houses to suit almost any budget. We are really excited to have a special program available right now to provide some financial assistance to families who need a little extra help getting into a home of their own. A household of four can have an income of up to about $40,000 a year and still be eligible for this assistance,” said Kate Somers, program coordinator for HCB. “In order to receive the assistance and purchase a home, the household must be able to qualify for a mortgage, and we are partnering with the HomeOwnership Center, a nonprofit lender in Elkins, to provide credit counseling to any applicant who might need help getting mortgage-ready.”

The homes at Highland Meadows have been built by SR Chenoweth Construction and by Highland Community Builders.

“Both builders have placed a real emphasis on building energy-efficient homes so that homeowners know that they are going to be comfortable in their homes and that their utility bills are going to be low,” Somers said. “The homes already in the community are beautiful, and there is a nice neighborly feel to the place.”

The assistance now offered through the Highland Meadows Home Ownership Campaign 2013 comes from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh and is available through the local member bank, Mountain Valley Bank.

“Mountain Valley Bank has been a great partner in providing this special home ownership opportunity to families in Elkins. We appreciate their support.”

Anyone interested in finding out if they are eligible for this assistance can contact Somers at 304-940-2506 or at

Information about the Highland Meadows neighborhood is available at Time is short and only 10 families will be able to benefit from this assistance, so interested households are encouraged to call immediately.