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Causes: Alliances & Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Homeless & Housing, Housing Rehabilitation, Senior Citizens Housing & Retirement Communities, Seniors

Mission: Our mission is to help the economically vulnerable veterans and consumers of our region achieve financial literacy, attain homeownership, participate in the American dream, and contribute to more stable, vital neighborhoods. To create this transition we offer advocacy, education, counseling and grant assistance, and work to increase the availability of safe, decent, affordable housing opportunities.

Results: Since we opened our doors in September of 2000 we have served hundreds of households. We have helped clients understand what budgeting can do for their household and help them get a home. We have re-furbished homes for Veterans, Disabled and Seniors.

Target demographics: Veterans, Low Income Seniors, Disabled, Homeless Prevention

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 300 clients

Geographic areas served: Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, Sarasota, Orange, Munroe, Broward Counties in Florida to nme a few

Programs: Homeownership Counseling, Foreclosure Prevention/Modification Help, First time home buyer counseling, Student loan counseling, Financial Capabilities counseling, low income rentals and homes for purchase

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to work with Lois and Donna at AHF this past 7 months, and I am amazed at what they can accomplish for people in need! Not only do I spend time in the office but I also work in The Squirrel's Nest Eclectic Treasure Shop which is part of the Foundation. What a treasure trove of cool stuff! I encourage everyone to visit the Squirrel's Nest Monday through Friday, 9-2, or online at squirrelsnesteclectictreasures\shopify. The proceeds benefit Youth Aging out of Foster Care and The Veteran's Emergency Fund here in Lee County FL. Lois is dedicated to serving Veterans and Youth and has demonstrated her dedication through her tireless efforts to help the needy! Thank you Lois and Donna for all you do!!!
Mary Delhagen

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as an intern, writing grants for AHF, for almost eight months last year, and it was a great educational experience that taught me so much about my community. This organization helps so many vulnerable people navigate their housing and living situations when they find it difficult to do so on their own, particularly because of high rents and house prices. They have programs for veterans, disabled individuals, homeless individuals, young people who have been in foster care, etc. AHF's commitment to being a well-rounded resource for those experiencing housing insecurity is a credit to Southwest Florida, and I highly recommend their services to anyone in the area whose financial troubles or other problems are hindering their ability to remain safely and securely housed.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been honored to work this foundation. A nonprofit that never waivers from their discerned mission statement, values, and goals. They are willing to help any and all members of the community. Paving the way for a truly greater Fort Myers. And their service to Veterans is outstanding, the CEO goes above and beyond for this group. Encouraging her employees to do so as well. The range of employees in the office offers a diverse atmosphere of acceptance and cultural.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

A moment of your time, Please. Since 2000 , The Affordable Homeownership Foundation Inc (AHF) has been assisting Military and non-Military, Seniors, Physically and Mentally Challenged individuals and Youths Aging out of Foster Care, realize a better way of life through various programs. Programs such as Foreclosure Prevention , Credit & Budget Counseling , First time Home Buyer Assistance , Loan Modification and Military and Veteran Housing, and the Squirrels Nest (2nd hand store). Have been monumental to these groups of people.
Lois Healy (CEO) who has been with AHF since it's inception and her staff are well versed at helping anyone who comes through it's doors with these programs.
Under the direction of Ms. Healy and the Board of AHF people have been housed in the AHF duplex's . Homes have been acquired to assist more people. Donations of furniture, refrigerators, clothing and much more have been picked up by volunteers for sale in the Squirrels Nest. Many times when an individual or family is in need some donations are just given to them.
OPERATION RAISE the ROOF assisted 3 deserving elderly Veterans replace the roofs on their homes so they could remain in their homes. With the remaining proceeds, Thanksgiving meals and Christmas meals and gifts were purchased. And when possible even Santa Claus visited some of AHF clients.
AHF has ALWAYS relied on Federal, State and Local Grants as well as donations to accomplish it's goals. Given the current climate of Budget reductions anticipated from the government sector. AHF must continue to find ways to assist those who have fallen on hard times, continue to age with limited resources or have physical and mental (incl PTSD but not limited to ) situations.
AHF wishes to Thank those individuals who have been our DONORS these past years. We hope that anyone else who wishes to assist their fellow man / woman / family feels inspired by the accomplishments of the Affordable Homeownership Foundation thus far.
AHF can not do it without your generous contributions.
Thank You for your time. Bill Wilcox

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A Veteran, looking for assistance to purchase a home AHF was very helpful. Their staff assisted with improving the Credit score to get a better rate for the mortgage. Their First Time Home Buyers class was VERY informative. I recommend them to anyone looking to buy a house or improve their credit score. Thank You AHF

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Board Member

Rating: 4

Affordable Homeownership Foundation does so much with very little resources....they are a great non-profit .....SW Florida is fortunate to have them......Garritt Pankratz

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A very compassionate and professionally run organization! I have volunteered for, worked with and referred clients to Affordable Homeownership Foundation, Inc. since it's conception not only because of my faith in the CEO's dedication to her client's and Veteran's but also because I have witnessed first hand the vast amount of people she and her organization have assisted in many different situations. Affordable Homeownership Foundation is a FABULOUS organization that I support wholeheartedly!! I have seen wonderful work done by them for Veteran's in need and I also send all my clients to them for their required homebuyer counseling classes online and/or live. The CEO works very hard and is personally involved on a daily basis. Please show your support for Lois Yanulavich Healy‚Äč and her foundation!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

Have met with the CEO on numerous occasions and involving multiple housing projects and she is one of a kind. She never loses sight of those she serves. She and her organization are true servants of the community with hearts of gold. I am honored to work with her and look forward to many collaborative efforts in the future. Dean Essa

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I was thrown out for dabbing in this building, they're obviously racist fascist who want your money to build gulags here in America.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My first contact with Affordable Homeownership Foundation began about 4 years ago when I became a client in need of credit counseling and education regarding my financial situation. I was immediately impressed with the professionalism and caring that helped to ease my concerns. Since that time, I have referred many people to AHF and everyone has been pleased...just as I had been. I see the vast number of clients who have been helped and given hope when they needed to get through their own difficult situation. I highly recommend Affordable Homeownership Foundation to anyone and everyone needing guidance and direction with their personal financial or housing needs.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The owners and people that work this wonderful foundation are caring and dedicated to what they do. The councilors, go the extra miles to help anyone coming thru their doors. would recommend them every time.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

AFH has helped not only myself in credit counseling but some of my family and friends. Lois and her team are always there to answer questions or to give you a hand. I do not know what I would have done without them. Dawn S.

2 Holly80

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lois and her team are the BEST!! My husband is an Army Veteran and we found ourselves unable to sell a house in Florida after our move to Wisconsin. To me, Lois was a lifesaver, I called her in a panic and she got right down to business!! She successfully led me through every form, correspondence and step in a very complicated process. Within the year, I think it was months, we got our house listed and sold. Such a huge relief!! The process would have been so very difficult. from such a distance, without Lois' guidance. Not only that, Lois is just an awesome person, I feel like I have found a friend for life. She is very good at what she does, and she does it with such care and kindness. She works tirelessly for our Veterans. Truly a great organizaton!! Holly Carnes

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been assisting the foundation in property acquisition and rehabilitation of homes for over three years. Over that time they have help numerous deserving family find safe and affordable housing options. AHF provides their clients with the housing counseling needed for long term success. This organization has also stepped up to help active military and veterans that need assistance. You could not find a more responsive caring group of professionals. They don't talk about helping people they do it.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I met Lois and her team at AHF a little over a year ago...my mother, myself and children were in need of assistance. With my deceased father being a Veteran, someone referred us to Lois. She and her team made sure my family had Thanksgiving and Christmas that year among other things. I wanted to give back and help people as I watched Lois and team do to my own family, so I started Volunteering to offer my assistance. I proudly say I still know Lois and her team, as I am an employee at AHF now :) Seeing what we do here day in and day out really makes you start seeing things clearer and want to make changes. I will be forever thankful for Lois and her team, especially for showing myself and children there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Seeing people cry with joy and their smiles here at the office because of what she does is absolutely remarkable!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Affordable Homeownership Fondation is absolutely amazing..
My husband was the Marine that fell last year on 9.11.14 He spent 3 months in the hospital not knowing what the out come would be . A week after he fell I got a phone call saying this non profit org. Wanting to help us..I didnt know what I was going to do..I was losing our home home didnt have a place to take my husband home to or our 1 yr old. Lois called and said they had a home that I could afford little did I know they donated it to us! These are they most amazing people .
They work so hard to help our Veterans. Thanks so much for everything! Eddie and Melissa Breese

1 Garritt P.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with this group for years.....I have seen first hand the results of their dedicated staff....I only wish I could volunteer more time to their cause............

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Affordable Homeownership Foundation Inc., has a knowledgeable and well informed staff who work hard to insure that their clients get the best service possible in all areas of home oenership. They specialize in Foreclosure Prevention, short sale help, first time home buyer classes and pre-and post foreclosure help along with budget and credit counseling. They are a great organization!