Weekly Feature

2017-02-15 / Business

M&T Bank provides $600,000 to support homebuyer education

M&T Bank provided over $600,000 in grants to 40 not-for-profit organizations providing homeownership education services to thousands of individuals, families, seniors, students, veterans and others across New York State since the beginning of 2015.

Mike Drury, senior vice president of consumer lending, said the announcement is a further example of M&T Bank’s commitment to helping customers make informed decisions about homeownership, as well as its leadership in supporting vibrant communities.

Each grant recipient is a member of HomeSmartNY — the state’s largest network of professional, nonprofit homeownership advisers. Collectively, HomeSmartNY trains more than 15,000 people each year to be expert homebuyers. M&T Bank supports local organizations directly and was a sponsor of last year’s HomeSmartNY statewide conference, held in September.

Examples of local partnerships include:

More than 1,160 homebuyers and homeowners in Western New York benefited from a $20,000 grant for pre-purchase homeownership and mortgage default classes by Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, the largest HUD-certified housing counseling agency in the Buffalo-Niagara region.

A $20,000 grant helped Home HeadQuarters Inc. of Syracuse provide homebuyer education and foreclosure prevention counseling to 685 individuals during its 2014-15 program year. Each year, M&T Bank volunteers also help improve properties in local low-income neighborhoods through HHQ’s Block Blitz Initiative.

Hudson River Housing in Poughkeepsie, New York, received a $10,000 grant to promote homeownership and assist homeowners in preserving their investment through their NeighborWorks Homeownership Center of Dutchess County. In 2015, the center helped more than 1,000 households prepare for, achieve or preserve the dream of homeownership.

In Brooklyn, 60 first-time homebuyers gained mortgage commitments and 121 people in danger of foreclosure kept their homes last year thanks to a $23,500 grant for homeownership counseling programs by Cypress Hills Local Development Corp., a HUD-certified nonprofit housing counseling agency.

M&T Bank serves first-time homebuyers through a number of different mortgage programs, including acting as a provider of State of New York Mortgage Agency loans. The bank works closely with homeownership education programs to help guide prospective owners through the process of purchasing their first home, while connecting them with resources to make ownership affordable in the long run.

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