Auburn Housing Network rent, mortgage, and home repair programs.

Auburn Housing Network conducts outreach services with a focus on housing in coordination with other agencies for individuals who are living on a low income. There is also assistance for people on the streets in Auburn Alabama and Lee County. These resources involve assessments and case management with the resident seeking help.

Through outreach services, the non-profit also strives to help clients locate permanent housing; gain access to cash grants; and they may be able to provide rent or security deposit help, free food, clothing, eviction assistance, blankets and other essential items.

Rehousing is a HUD funded program that offers outreach and long term case management. Auburn Housing Network will work to support families, single mothers, and even entire families that may be residing in homeless shelters or transitional housing in Lee County.

The process will involve advocacy, parenting classes, Housing placement, budgeting, income maximization, employability, & adult education. There are just some of the supportive services provided, and the case management process from Auburn Housing Network is available for as long as the currently homeless person needs it to become self-sufficient.

Auburn Housing Network HOPWA (The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDs) offers financial aid and counseling to assist individuals with HIV/AIDS, along with their families. Government money can be issued for short-term assistance with making mortgage payments, paying rent or utility bills, transportation, and food.

The service will help clients with securing and maintaining permanent housing. This program is completely confidential, but it does often come with a waiting list.

Financial help for housing, paying rent, and heating expenses is available through a partnership between the Auburn Housing Network and government agencies that issue funds. This program helps many struggling clients either prevent heating-service termination or restore such service. There may also be no interest loans for rent to stop homelessness.




In general, the applicant needs to have a source of income to pay future bills on their own. Lee County residents who are at least 60 years of age are eligible as well. Any financial help is a last-resort option, meaning that applicants must try every other resource before Auburn Housing Network can provide assistance. Applicants should schedule an appointment with a caseworker.

The Housing Network of Auburn works in partnership with local human-services providers as well as charities to streamline social services and address the comprehensive needs of the homeless community. Other agencies that work with the Network include the United Way, state of Alabama Legal Aid, and the Salvation Army among others.

Together they offer outreach services, transitional housing, financial assistance, mental-health counseling and substance-abuse treatment. Additional offerings include resources in which staff help clients access permanent housing or affordable apartments in the city of Auburn. If needed, they will help the person apply for financial assistance for a rental deposit or moving costs.

The Emergency Home Repair Program offers grants (there may be thousands of dollars available) to households in need of minor home repairs that, if left undone, would create hazardous and unhealthy living conditions. This is for the elderly in Lee County as well as very low income. Making the investment to rehabilitate an existing dwelling in the region now can extend a home’s lifespan by a minimum of 20 years.

In some cases, low-interest loans are provided for low to moderate-income families to use for necessary and qualifying repairs. Specific services can include the following.

Roof patching or repairs.
Bathroom work.
Adjustments to an electrical system.
Kitchen water hook-up repairs or help with a septic system.

Auburn Housing Network relies on a combination of government and non-profit funding sources. The funds are used to pay all or part of the cost of the program. There may even be assistance to repair or replace furnaces in the homes of eligible low-income applicants.





Home Loan Refinance Counseling can be provided as part of the agency's services. Auburn Housing Network specialists can advise borrowers that have a residential mortgage loan. It does not matter how the funds were originated. The homeowner can use a subsidized or guaranteed product, one from a traditional bank such as Wells Fargo, or maybe their mortgage was provided to them by a state of Alabama, tribal, or local government program.

The free counseling is for borrowers across Lee County, regardless of their income and financial status. During the face to face session the clients can discuss the goal of the proposed refinance, Benefits and costs to do so, savings or advantages of the new mortgage, and also the steps to take to refinance.

While the new loan issued by a lender will have any number of terms, it may set new monthly payments based on the borrowers income. In some cases, a portion of the principal or interest being paid is forgivable under specified conditions. Or the representative from Auburn Housing Network can negotiate a deferment of payments to provide the homeowner time to improve their financial condition.

Auburn Housing Network comprehensive Homeownership Training Program provides education and counseling to a prospective buyer. The workshops are all encompassing, but focus on understanding real estate contracts, budgeting, home inspections or maintenance, insurance, and completing residential loan applications, along with other related topics.




The service also takes participants through the process of pre-qualification, being approved by the mortgage company, and managing payments once you have it. Individualized credit counseling sessions are also included. People from Lee County also have the opportunity to be a part of a variety of group sessions with staff.

The main office is at 144 Tichenor Avenue, Auburn, Alabama 36830. The intake number is (334) 501-7280.


By Jon McNamara

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