J2H Classes and Events

JOURNEY TO HOMEOWNERSHIP (J2H) CLASSES AND EVENTS

J2H Classes:

Registration is required for all classes!   

POLK COUNTY, IOWA CLASSES:

Wednesday, May 29th, 2024 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (in-person at the South Side Library – 1111 Porter Ave. Des Moines, IA 50315) Click here to register! *** Tickets open starting May 17th, at 8:30 AM ***

Saturday, June 1st, 2024 | 10 AM - 12 PM (in-person at the Central Library – 1000 Grand Ave. Des Moines, IA 50309Click here to register! *** Tickets open starting May 20th, at 8:30 AM ***

Speakers:

-The Directors Council: Authors of the One Economy Report and Blueprint for Action.
-Tylonda Mason, President of NAREB Greater Des Moines Chapter: Learn about NAREB's mission to unite minority professionals in the real estate industry and foster a creative, supportive environment.
-Bridgett Robinson, Neighborhood Finance Corporation (NFC): Discover the resources NFC and our partners offer in the community.

LINN COUNTY/CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA CLASSES:

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (in-person at The HUB - 1800 1st Avenue Northeast #Suite 100A, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402) Click here to register! *** Tickets open starting May 13th, at 8:30 AM ***

Wednesday, June 12th 2024 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (in-person at The Hub - 1800 1st Ave NE Suite LL1 Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 ) Click here to register! *** Tickets open starting June 3rd, at 8:30 AM ***

 

Questions: Contact Bridgett Robinson or call 515-273-1373.

 

J2H DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM INFORMATION

The Journey to Homeownership (J2H) Program is an affirmative asset initiative for eligible homebuyers in the NFC lending areas. The program focuses on overcoming the systemic barriers for African American in homeownership by providing down payment and closing cost assistance, combined with the intention of addressing other barriers through community partnerships.

 

LINKS TO RESOURCES THAT INFORMED THE CREATION OF JOURNEY TO HOMEOWNERSHIP

Link to One Economy Reports

Link to UnDesign the Redline through the Polk County Housing Trust Fund

Link to Mapping Exclusion through the African American Museum of Iowa

Link to NFC's Race, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement

NFC knows that our programs may not fit a borrower’s exact situation but there are several other programs throughout the community that may fit your needs. Though this program is originally being launched to serve African American households, it will be extended to other communities of color in the future.

This program is made possible through the CDFI Fund and donors to date: Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, MDRC at The Bridge, and private donations.

AMBASSADORS & COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS: 

We want to thank all of our ambassadors for joining us in the effort to close the gap in Black/African American homeownership, without our ambassadors and local organizations; we would not be able to do this work on our own!

  • Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families at the Polk County Financial Empowerment Center – Des Moines, IA
  • Urban Dreams – Des Moines, IA
  • The Bridge at Meredith Reform Church – Urbandale, IA
  • Beacon Ministries – Cedar Rapids, IA
  • United We March Forward – Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Mid-American Energy – Des Moines, IA
  • Drake University – Des Moines, IA
  • HOME Inc. – Des Moines, IA
  • Country Financial Insurance – West Des Moines
  • Linn County Public Health – Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Veridian Credit Union – Des Moines, IA
  • Ratliff Real Estate – West Des Moines, IA
  • Community State Bank – Ankeny, IA
  • HUD – Des Moines and Nebraska chapter
  • Iowa Finance Authority – Des Moines, IA
  • Horizons – Cedar Rapids
  • 1 Source Solar – Des Moines, IA
  • Polk County Housing Trust Fund – Des Moines, IA
  • Brooks Homes – Des Moines, IA
  • REMAX Concepts – Des Moines, IA
  • The Director’s Council – Des Moines, IA
  • Ibbarra Realty – Des Moines, IA
  • Collins Credit Union – Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Iowa Legal Aid – Des Moines, IA and Cedar Rapids, IA

 

Upcoming training opportunities:    

If you are interested in becoming an ambassador, please contact Bridgett Robinson to get on the schedule for training!

What is an ambassador?

Non-profit organizations, churches, educational institutions and community groups will sponsor Journey to Homeownership classes or events and serve as Ambassadors. Sponsor organizations (Ambassadors) may receive a stipend for marketing, coordinating and leading a class or event.  Ambassadors will provide information and resources on historical and current barriers to homeownership and information on programs and initiatives to over-come barriers through community partnerships.  

Click here for information on HUD Approved Homebuyer Education Resources.