NLC Partners With HomeFree-USA To Strengthen Financial Protection for Minority Homeowners

July 28, 2021 - (3 min read)

Washington, DC – The National League of Cities (NLC) announces a new partnership with HomeFree-USA, a Black-founded nonprofit and HUD-intermediary that is focused on building financial strength and home ownership for people of color. HomeFree-USA is partnering with NLC to connect members to the mortgage finance industry and government programs to create new homebuyers, sustainable homeowners, affordable homes, and revitalized communities, as well as to help prevent eviction for renters. HomeFree-USA works to stabilize communities by minimizing evictions and foreclosures by addressing the needs of renters and the landlords as well as the homeowners and the banks. Working with residents, landlords, and banks, HomeFree-USA partners with communities to leverage federal funds from the American Rescue Plan and other government programs.

“HomeFree-USA is thrilled to partner with the National League of Cities,” said Marcia Griffin, HomeFree-USA President and CEO. “We are a mission-driven organization that has delivered capacity-building services to city constituents using a racial equity lens for 27 years. We look forward to working with NLC membership to drive results that strengthen cities and deliver tangible benefits to the residents.”

“NLC is dedicated to embedding equity throughout our communities, and that’s why we are pleased to partner with organizations like HomeFree-USA, which is also committed to doing just that,” said National League of Cities CEO and Executive Director Clarence Anthony. “Housing affordability has been a longstanding priority for NLC and our members. We are excited to bring resources on financial services and homeownership that will allow local leaders to support Black residents and their communities of color.”

HomeFree-USA has a significant record of performance with the federal and local governments that can assist NLC members in the use of their sources of funding.

About HomeFree-USA

HomeFree-USA is a Black-founded nonprofit started by Marcia and Jim Griffin in 1994 with a vision to close the homeownership gap by giving African Americans the guidance they need to achieve and sustain homeownership. As a HUD-intermediary, HomeFree-USA serves the diverse interests of 6.3 million homeowners, homebuyers, renters, and consumers through its nationwide network of 50plus affiliated, community-based nonprofits that specialize in guiding people to housing sustainability, and increased financial capacity.



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