October 1, 2014

Home Ownership

Center for Housing and New Community Economics

alliance.unh.edu

Home page of the University of New Hampshire’s “Home of Your Own Alliance,” with a link to a comprehensive section on the Section 8 home ownership rule.

Center for Universal Design

www.design.ncsu.edu/cud

An affliate of the North Carolina State University in Raleigh, CUD is a national research, information and technical assistance center that evaluates, develops and promotes universal design in housing, public and commercial facilites, and related products. Site offers many publications and numerous links.

Corporation for Enterprise Development

www.cfed.org

CFED promotes asset-building and economic-opportunity strategies. Site includes information on Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), often used to help first-time buyers save for home purchase.

Fannie Mae

www.fanniemae.com

Site includes information on multifamily and single-family housing production, as well as information for homeownership counselors and prospective home buyers.

Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago

www.fhlbc.com

Assists member financial institutions through its community investment and affordable housing programs. Offers opportunities for nonprofits to team with member banks to secure financing for affordable housing projects. Lists member lenders.

Freddie Mac

www.freddiemac.com

Site includes information on multifamily and single-family housing production, as well as information for home ownership counselors and prospective home buyers.

Habitat for Humanity

www.habitat.org

Information about Habitat’s work and how to get involved.

Home Path – Fannie Mae Mortgages

www.fanniemae.com/homebuyers/homepath/index.jhtml?p=Homepath

One of the family of Fannie Mae websites, this one is aimed at prospective and existing home owners. Includes information on home purchase, financing, etc.

HUD Housing Counseling Clearinghouse

www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/hcc_home.cfm

Consumers can use this site to locate a HUD-approved counseling agency. Site also includes resources for counselors.

National Center for Healthy Housing

www.centerforhealthyhousing.org

National organization dedicated to reducing childhood lead poisoning. Offers information for developers and homeowners on current regulations, plus resources for lead hazard control and prevention.

Office of the Wisconsin Commissioner of Insurance

oci.wi.gov

Publications section contains information on home wner’s insurance, including a consumer’s guide in Spanish.

U.S. Census Bureau

www.census.gov

Offers statistical data from the 2000 census, plus ongoing data updates.

WHEDA

www.wheda.com

Site of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, which allocates federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Wisconsin and makes lower-interest loans for home purchase, rental housing development and housing rehabilitation. Also includes resources for prospective home buyers.

Wisconsin Division of Housing & Community Development Housing Programs

www.commerce.state.wi.us/housing

Located in the Department of Commerce. Provides information on using the HOME program in Wisconsin, plus information on home ownership assistance programs including CDBG (Community Development Block Grant), HCRI (Housing Cost Reduction Initiative), HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS) and LHOG (Local Housing Organization Grants).

Wisconsin Housing Alliance

www.housingalliance.us

Offers a buyer’s guide to manufactured housing, with links to manufacturers.

Wisconsin Rural Development

www.rurdev.usda.gov/wi

Offers information about grants and loans available to nonprofits and developers working in rural areas, and to individual home owners.