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Homeownership Education

Smart, sustainable homeownership begins with education. Self Help Enterprises, a HUD certified counseling agency, welcomes you to “The Gateway” offering educational and counseling services to equip you with the tools and resources needed to meet your financial and sustainable homeownership goals. The program will help you qualify for reduced rates or mortgage insurance with some lenders, and for USDA, CalHFA, City and County homebuyer assistance programs.

STEPS:

1. Schedule your initial counseling appointment by calling (559) 651-1000. Pay $25 initial fee. The fee is non-refundable.

Schedule an Online Appointment

2. Complete an Intake packet in English or Spanish and provide requested paperwork within 7 days of scheduling your appointment.

Submit Intake Packet

3. Attend counseling and develop a tailored action plan to achieve your homeownership goals. See if you’re mortgage ready.

4. Register and pay your remaining homeownership education class fee.

5. Apply for participation in a homeownership or rehabilitation program (if applicable).

6. Attend class.

7. Contact a mortgage lender. Compare loans and payment options.

Download the Gateway Program Roadmap – English & Spanish

Both in-person and online homeownership education classes are offered to suit your schedule. The 8-hour in-person class is offered bi-monthly in communities throughout the San Joaquin Valley. Prospective homebuyers must attend the entire session. The homebuyer education course is also available online via eHomeAmerica. Upon completion of counseling and the in-person or online course, prospective homebuyers will receive a certificate of completion, which fulfills lending and home purchase assistance program requirements for homebuyer education.

View our schedule of classes below. 

 

Courses, available in English and Spanish, teach prospective homebuyers how to:

  • Understand the home buying process
  • Determine your financial circumstances
  • Manage your credit and increase FICO scores to make homeownership more affordable
  • Maximize your income and boost your savings
  • Choose your best mortgage options
  • Select the right home for your family
  • Understand the loan closing process
  • Find down payment assistance, special loans for first-time homebuyers, and other assistance

We also offer free Financial Management and Home Preservation workshops throughout the year.

Please contact The GATEWAY at (559) 651-1000 if you have any questions.

Fee Schedule

  • Homeownership Education In-person Classes:  $75 for individual and $25 for each additional borrower on a loan
  • Online Homeownership Education Course:  $99 for individual or married couple
  • Credit report fee for one-on-one counseling: $25 for individual or married couple.

Payment for Homebuyer Counseling and Education must be made in advance via money order, debit or credit card. Payments can be made over the phone when using a debit or credit card. We cannot accept cash. A $25 credit report fee will be collected in order to secure a counseling appointment.  The remaining homeownership education class fee will be collected upon class registration.

After one-on-one counseling session with a staff member to review credit repair, budgeting, and develop a tailored action plan for your financial homeownership goals, you will be registered to attend an education class based on individual needs.

Schedule of Classes

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May 2019

Free

Program Orientation

May 1 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Legacy Commons Community Room, 2255 S Plumas St
Fresno, CA 93706 United States
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RECOMMENDED AS A FIRST STEP: Attend an orientation to learn about available housing programs.

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$75

Preparing for Homeownership 2-Part Workshop

May 6 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Legacy Commons Community Room, 2255 S Plumas St
Fresno, CA 93706 United States
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Smart, sustainable homeownership, begins with education. Self-Help Enterprises, a HUD certified counseling agency, offers a homeownership education class for those interested in purchasing a home. The class prepares you for the home buying process, including how to secure a mortgage loan, and provides information about down payment assistance opportunities.

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Free

Program Orientation

May 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Self-Help Enterprises, 8445 Elowin Court
Visalia, CA 93291 United States
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RECOMMENDED AS A FIRST STEP: Attend an orientation to learn about available housing programs.

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$75

Preparing for Homeownership 2-Part Workshop

May 13 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Legacy Commons Community Room, 2255 S Plumas St
Fresno, CA 93706 United States
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Smart, sustainable homeownership, begins with education. Self-Help Enterprises, a HUD certified counseling agency, offers a homeownership education class for those interested in purchasing a home. The class prepares you for the home buying process, including how to secure a mortgage loan, and provides information about down payment assistance opportunities.

Find out more »
Free

Program Orientation

May 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Bear Creek Apartments – Community Room, 1509 N. Plainsburg Road
Planada, CA 95365 United States
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RECOMMENDED AS A FIRST STEP: Attend an orientation to learn about available housing programs.

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$10

Financial Management: My Money, My Credit Workshop – 3-Part Workshop

May 16 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sierra Village Apartments, 1375 N. Crawford Ave.
Dinuba, CA 93618 United States
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Money management is about choices – choosing how to save and spend your money which is critical in achieving financial security and reaching your goals. This interactive class will give you the tools to set a realistic spending plan, trim expenses, understand how to use credit wisely, and learn how to identify unnecessary spending in order to create financial goals.

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$10

Financial Management: My Money, My Credit Workshop – 3-Part Workshop

May 23 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sierra Village Apartments, 1375 N. Crawford Ave.
Dinuba, CA 93618 United States
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Money management is about choices – choosing how to save and spend your money which is critical in achieving financial security and reaching your goals. This interactive class will give you the tools to set a realistic spending plan, trim expenses, understand how to use credit wisely, and learn how to identify unnecessary spending in order to create financial goals.

Find out more »
$10

Financial Management: My Money, My Credit Workshop – 3-Part Workshop

May 30 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sierra Village Apartments, 1375 N. Crawford Ave.
Dinuba, CA 93618 United States
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Money management is about choices – choosing how to save and spend your money which is critical in achieving financial security and reaching your goals. This interactive class will give you the tools to set a realistic spending plan, trim expenses, understand how to use credit wisely, and learn how to identify unnecessary spending in order to create financial goals.

Find out more »

June 2019

$75

Preparándose para ser Dueño de Casa – Taller Completo

June 8 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Villa de Guadalupe, 12554 Ave. 408
Orosi, CA 93647 United States
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La educación es fundamental para poder ser un propietario de vivienda responsable y hábil. Self-Help Enterprises, una agencia de asesoría certificada por HUD (el Departamento de Viviendas y Desarrollo Urbano), ofrece un taller educativo sobre los puntos principales acerca el proceso de compra-de-casa. El taller te prepara para navegar el proceso de compre-de-casa e incluye información sobre programas de asistencia de pago iniciales.

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July 2019

$10

Manejo Financiero: Mi Dinero, Mi Crédito- Taller Exhaustivo de Tres Partes

July 10 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Casitas del Sol Apartments, 1001 B St.
Livingston, CA 95334 United States
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El taller cubre cómo ahorrar y gastar su dinero, lo cual es fundamental para lograr la seguridad financiera y alcanzar sus metas. Esta clase interactivo le dará las herramientas para formular un plan de gastos realista, recortar gastos, comprender cómo usar el crédito de manera inteligente y aprender a identificar gastos innecesarios para crear objetivos financieros.

Find out more »
$75

Preparing for Homeownership Workshop

July 13 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Self-Help Enterprises, 8445 Elowin Court
Visalia, CA 93291 United States
+ Google Map

Smart, sustainable homeownership, begins with education. Self-Help Enterprises, a HUD certified counseling agency, offers a homeownership education class for those interested in purchasing a home. The class prepares you for the home buying process, including how to secure a mortgage loan, and provides information about down payment assistance opportunities.

Find out more »
$10

Manejo Financiero: Mi Dinero, Mi Crédito- Taller Exhaustivo de Tres Partes

July 17 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Casitas del Sol Apartments, 1001 B St.
Livingston, CA 95334 United States
+ Google Map

El taller cubre cómo ahorrar y gastar su dinero, lo cual es fundamental para lograr la seguridad financiera y alcanzar sus metas. Esta clase interactivo le dará las herramientas para formular un plan de gastos realista, recortar gastos, comprender cómo usar el crédito de manera inteligente y aprender a identificar gastos innecesarios para crear objetivos financieros.

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$10

Manejo Financiero: Mi Dinero, Mi Crédito- Taller Exhaustivo de Tres Partes

July 24 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Casitas del Sol Apartments, 1001 B St.
Livingston, CA 95334 United States
+ Google Map

El taller cubre cómo ahorrar y gastar su dinero, lo cual es fundamental para lograr la seguridad financiera y alcanzar sus metas. Esta clase interactivo le dará las herramientas para formular un plan de gastos realista, recortar gastos, comprender cómo usar el crédito de manera inteligente y aprender a identificar gastos innecesarios para crear objetivos financieros.

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August 2019

$75

Preparándose para ser Dueño de Casa – Taller de dos Partes

August 5 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Self-Help Enterprises, 8445 Elowin Court
Visalia, CA 93291 United States
+ Google Map

La educación es fundamental para poder ser un propietario de vivienda responsable y hábil. Self-Help Enterprises, una agencia de asesoría certificada por HUD (el Departamento de Viviendas y Desarrollo Urbano), ofrece un taller educativo sobre los puntos principales acerca el proceso de compra-de-casa. El taller te prepara para navegar el proceso de compre-de-casa e incluye información sobre programas de asistencia de pago iniciales.

Find out more »
$10

Financial Management: My Money, My Credit Workshop – 3-Part Workshop

August 8 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Palm Terrace Apartments, 700 W. Hermosa
Lindsay, CA 93247 United States
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Money management is about choices – choosing how to save and spend your money which is critical in achieving financial security and reaching your goals. This interactive class will give you the tools to set a realistic spending plan, trim expenses, understand how to use credit wisely, and learn how to identify unnecessary spending in order to create financial goals.

Find out more »
$75

Preparándose para ser Dueño de Casa – Taller de dos Partes

August 12 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Self-Help Enterprises, 8445 Elowin Court
Visalia, CA 93291 United States
+ Google Map

La educación es fundamental para poder ser un propietario de vivienda responsable y hábil. Self-Help Enterprises, una agencia de asesoría certificada por HUD (el Departamento de Viviendas y Desarrollo Urbano), ofrece un taller educativo sobre los puntos principales acerca el proceso de compra-de-casa. El taller lo prepara para navegar el proceso de compre-de-casa e incluye información sobre programas de asistencia de pago iniciales.

Find out more »
$10

Financial Management: My Money, My Credit Workshop – 3-Part Workshop

August 15 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Palm Terrace Apartments, 700 W. Hermosa
Lindsay, CA 93247 United States
+ Google Map

Money management is about choices – choosing how to save and spend your money which is critical in achieving financial security and reaching your goals. This interactive class will give you the tools to set a realistic spending plan, trim expenses, understand how to use credit wisely, and learn how to identify unnecessary spending in order to create financial goals.

Find out more »
$10

Financial Management: My Money, My Credit Workshop – 3-Part Workshop

August 22 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Palm Terrace Apartments, 700 W. Hermosa
Lindsay, CA 93247 United States
+ Google Map

Money management is about choices – choosing how to save and spend your money which is critical in achieving financial security and reaching your goals. This interactive class will give you the tools to set a realistic spending plan, trim expenses, understand how to use credit wisely, and learn how to identify unnecessary spending in order to create financial goals.

Find out more »

September 2019

$75

Preparing for Homeownership Workshop

September 21 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Legacy Commons Community Room, 2255 S Plumas St
Fresno, CA 93706 United States
+ Google Map

Smart, sustainable homeownership, begins with education. Self-Help Enterprises, a HUD certified counseling agency, offers a homeownership education class for those interested in purchasing a home. The class prepares you for the home buying process, including how to secure a mortgage loan, and provides information about down payment assistance opportunities.

Find out more »

October 2019

$10

Manejo Financiero: Mi Dinero, Mi Crédito- Taller de Tres Partes

October 5 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Bear Creek Apartments – Community Room, 1509 N. Plainsburg Road
Planada, CA 95365 United States
+ Google Map

El taller cubre cómo ahorrar y gastar su dinero, lo cual es fundamental para lograr la seguridad financiera y alcanzar sus metas. Esta clase interactivo le dará las herramientas para formular un plan de gastos realista, recortar gastos, comprender cómo usar el crédito de manera inteligente y aprender a identificar gastos innecesarios para crear objetivos financieros.

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“We were first time homebuyers so we were not familiar with anything, but we decided to look for help. The classes were clear and we came away very aware of the requirements and what we had to do to buy a house. ”
~ Tessie Dowers and Virginia Barnes

 FAQs

Who can participate in the homeownership education classes?

Anyone interested in purchasing a home can take the in-person or online class. There are no income restrictions for the classes.

How long is my certificate of completion good for?

Typically, your certificate is valid for one (1) year from the date of completion. We recommend that you check with your loan officer to confirm their terms.

Who is required to take the class?

All applicants who will be on the home loan are required to take the class.

 

Interest Form 

If you are interested in homeownership education and counseling services, please complete the interest form. A staff member will contact you and provide more information.

 

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For Our Realtor and Lender Partners

How can the Homeownership Counseling and Education Program help your buyers?

  • Empowers your buyers to maximize their income, boost savings, decrease debt or increase their credit FICO scores.
  • Personalized help to identify and clear any possible obstacles that may prevent homeownership such as dispute or clear credit accounts, and help establish a savings plan to pay off, clear debt, and not to get into more debt especially during the purchase of their home.
  • Your buyers will qualify for various lending products requiring a certificate of completion from a HUD approved housing counseling agency.

For more information, please contact our staff at (559) 651-1000



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