WIN helps families grasp the dream of owning a home by rehabbing and building new homes throughout a neighborhood. This improves the housing stock so that the new homeowners see the value of their homes increase as the neighborhood is revitalized. WIN has built or renovated over 166 homes and sold them to first-time home buyers. More importantly, research demonstrates that homeownership improves health and education outcomes, community safety, and stability. All WIN homes built or rehabbed since 2008 are high-energy efficient homes.
There’s nothing like owning your own home. If it hadn’t been for WIN, I’d still be in metropolitan housing.
WIN prepares families to purchase their first home by offering homebuyer training classes and individual counseling. Annually, WIN teaches over 300 families how to purchase their first home. WIN offers ongoing financial literacy, an overview of Ohio Benefit Bank Services, and we partner with local lenders to provide quality financial opportunities to residents. Our training also focuses on working directly with families to save homes from foreclosure, protecting a families’ investments and helping to maintain neighborhood stability.
“They are dedicated, resourceful, collaborative and tireless. While remaining in the background, they edge others into the light—into discovering their own dignity and self worth.”
WIN works to train and empower community leaders to work with their community, local and national resources, and local governments, to resolve community issues and build thriving, vibrant, stable communities. This empowerment makes a real and measurable impact on our neighborhoods. A profound example of this benefit was demonstrated during the riots of 2001 when not one WIN community was affected. We believe this is because in a WIN community, residents understand how to work together and with their local government to solve community challenges and resolve grievances in ways that are productive and mutually beneficial to the community.
The training I get from WIN, helps me believe that I am capable of making a difference in my community.