After the first event was canceled due to a power outage following a storm, Hope Monroe will be having their second annual Housing Expo on Oct. 6 at the Community City at 602 East Church Street in Monroe. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. and is free for all attendees.

The goal of the event is to connect potential homeowners to resources. Several sessions will be held to help homeowners learn about the process to buy a house.

They include topics like down payment assistance, how to repair credit, banking basics, and a step-by-step guide to purchasing a home. Vendors will include the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, local churches, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Health Department and various law enforcement agencies.

Childcare will be provided and there will be a $100 cash prize raffle.

Last year’s event drew over 200 people, according to Malisa Thompson. She is the head of Hope Monroe, which is a non-profit dedicated to refurnishing dilapidated homes and providing the financial aid and advice to help people move in.

Thompson said the event is an important resource who anyone who wants to tap the abundant resources of homeownership.

“Having a home that is decent, safe and sanitary has a huge impact on the lives of the people who live there,” she said.

Andrew Kenneson was a staff writer for The Walton Tribune from 2018-20.

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