Our Sponsors/Community Investor Partners
HUD (Housing and Urban Development)
AGORA was awarded the designation of HUD-Approved Housing Advising Agency in 2009. HUD has provided an abundance of resources and opportunities that allow us to service community residents. Each year, subsequently, AGORA has been awarded Grant Funding has been an integral to the hiring and retention of professional, experienced and well-informed Housing Advisers. AGORA’s commitment is to educate the public on the services provided by HUD and to understand the what Housing Advisers can contribute to building and sustaining families and communities.
WELLS FARGO BANK
Was the very first Community Investor Lender who awarded AGORA a Home Buyer and Home Owner Capacity Building Grant. This Grant helped us to service over 300 home buyer; renters and home owners to understand the importance of financial capacity and how it relates to successfully retain affordable housing. Every year since 2011, WELLS FARGO has supported AGORA’s Housing Programs through funding continuing educational classes and certifications. The support received, enabled us to grow and expand our programs to provide needed services to under-served Communities. WELLS FARGO awarded AGORA, in 2014 an on-going Fee-For-Service Agreement that has increased our capacity and to reach Home Owners who are at-risk of Mortgage Default or Foreclosure.
Since 2012, has provided financial and educational support to AGORA. Every year, since 2012, PNC Bank has continued to be committed to helping communities by provided Financial support of AGORA’s Home Buyer Education Program and donations that contribute to AGORA’s accessing educational opportunities to enhance our services to the community. The commitment of PNC Bank has attributed to our ability to continue to offer FREE Home Buyer 8-Hour Education Workshops to those desiring to purchase a home. Also, PNC Bank has support AGORA in our development of an Interactive Home Buyer Education Model. The Pilot for an Interactive Home Buyer Program was in conjunction with Bank of America and PNC Bank who were the lender partners who initially backed the program model. The success of the Program will be evidenced by year-end 2020 that will represent the 1st full year of offering the Program to the general population through impact deliverables.
BANK OF AMERICA
Bank of America has partnered with AGORA since 2011 and supported our Home Buyer Education Program. The Mission of AGORA strongly aligned with Bank of America’s Mission and in 2014 AGORA was awarded a Fee for Services Agreement with Bank of America’s CONNECT TO OWN HOME BUYER PROGRAM. AGORA’s program launched under this Fee for Service Agreement was the Interactive Home Buyer 8-Hour Education Classes to reach the younger new home buyers by making it easier for them to complete the required educational class to purchase their home. This Interactive Program Pilot was in conjunction with Bank of America and PNC Bank who were the lender partners who initially backed the program model. The success of the Program will be evidenced by year end 2020 that will represent the 1st full year of the offering of the Program to the general population.
AGORA’s COMMUNITY PARTNERS
The Chance Project – Community Resource Center New Life Southeast Church
SouthShore Works – Housing and Home buying Committee
Adopter of The National Standards for Housing Counseling
SOW Project – Westside Community Housing Project
A HUD-Approved National Housing Intermediary approved AGORA as their Chicago-Area Affiliate Housing Agency in 2011. As an Affiliate under HOMEFREE-USA, AGORA has a connection with housing resources on a National basis. HOMEFREE-USA continues to provide growth opportunities for their Affiliates. AGORA applauds HOMEFREE-USA in their commitment to provide the resources and support to we need to serve the Chicago area and surrounding suburbs. Recently, HOMEFREE-USA launched it’s newest endeavor — to bring housing education and financial literacy as it relates to affordable housing to colleges and universities. We look forward to being a part of bringing the same opportunities to the schools here in Chicago and surrounding areas.