Housing & Education Alliance
To further expand on our mission and vision Housing & Education Alliance (HEA) developed the MY Home America housing program which promotes opportunities for economic empowerment for individuals and the community. HEA is committed to working together each doing our part for the good of the organization and the community. We embrace innovation and entrepreneurship in finding solutions for our client’s issues. We collaborate with residents, businesses, nonprofits and government partners in the development and revitalization of neighborhoods and communities.
Housing & Education Alliance actively participates and partners with other nonprofit agencies and businesses to bring our services to the local community and workplace. Our outreach efforts include appearing on local radio shows, public service announcements, media releases and workshops. HEA has participated in workshops organized by Congresswomen Kathy Castor, State of Florida CFO Alex Sink, Senator Mel Martinez, Congressman Gus Bilirakis and various local community centers. These workshops were presented throughout Florida’s West Coast including Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Manatee and Hernando counties. We have a strong commitment to serving low and moderate income minority individuals and families.
HEA is a 501 (c) 3 HUD certified housing counseling agency that was founded in 2002 to provide culturally sensitive bilingual housing counseling services to our community. As an affiliate of The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and a member of their National Homeownership Network (NHN), HEA is able to bring additional resources to help the residents of the communities we serve. HEA celebrates and embraces the gift and richness of diversity.
In 2003, HEA increased its funding with the support of other foundations and corporations such as JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Washington Mutual, First American Title and Bank of America. Recently HEA has been awarded funding from Citi, Wachovia, Ocwen, Florida Housing Finance Corporation and Fannie Mae. Today, HEA provides complete housing services to residents throughout Central Florida who want to purchase a home or who are seeking foreclosure prevention services. The staff of HEA has over 100 years of combined experience in the fields of real estate, mortgages, counseling, economic development and business.
HEA has delivered more than 360,000 hours of education and one-on-one counseling to over 18,000 families and/or individuals on the subject of financial literacy and the homebuying process. Out of those served, approximately 1,800 purchased their first home either with or without government down payment assistance.