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Community HousingWorks (CHW)

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Causes: Homeless & Housing

Mission: CHW is a nonprofit that helps people and communities move up in the world through opportunities to own, rent and achieve.

Programs: CHW Affordable rental communities, Community Programs, Classes & Coaching - go to chworks.org to learn more.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Well, let me start by telling you that I was led to believe by these folks at C.H.W. that I could qualify for a down payment assistance program.
So I went to all the classes (money wasted) went to the consultation with two of their experts (waste of my time) after I spent all this time and effort collecting all the forms and applications that they asked me for (more time and money wasted) and in the end they tell me, Oh! I'm sorry , you DO NOT qualify for these programs?! WTH?
So there you have it...expect nothing from these people!
Its all a scam to collect your info and present it to whomever they report (some government agency I'm guessing) and tell them what a great job they are doing in "helping people" and it helps them keep their jobs .
This is my review.

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chworks 02/21/2013

On behalf of CHW, we are sorry that you were disappointed with our services, and please know that we constantly strive to make improvements that make things easier and clearer for customers on a regular basis. You were never required to take a class or meet with a coach prior to assessing your qualifications for down-payment assistance, nor do we charge anything for that assessment. In addition, we feel that investing time in preparation for sustainable homeownership and healthy household finances is no waste of time, for anyone. The down-payment assistance programs that we administer are precious resources that are designed to help low-to-moderate income buyers, and are provided as deferred loans to about 50 households per year. That being said, CHW helps hundreds of first time homebuyers each year, through preparation, market-beating home loans, 5-star realty services, and for some families of greatest need we also provide down-payment assistance. We can assure you that our 30+ year old organization is one that is trustworthy and produces results for & with our customers and residents. In addition, we are a nationally known best practice in the housing & finance / real estate industry. Sincerely, Community HousingWorks

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Community HousingWorks is improving our community by providing beautifully planned affordable housing and by offering valuable services to the residents who live there. The newly renovated apartment complex that I toured in Poway far exceeded my expectations. I had no idea of all the services Community HousingWorks provides to help residents of all ages -- from children through seniors -- have better lives.