Community Action House provides classes at no cost to community members interested in learning more about financial management, home buyer education, or home maintenance education.
Classes are facilitated by certified, trained staff. Presenters from local banking institutions are also invited to provide participants with specialized information based on class topics. Financial management classes include: developing a spending plan, credit, debt reduction, savings, consumer protection, and long-term financial planning. Home Buyer Education classes include: affordability, taxes, real estate, home inspections, mortgages and insurance. Home maintenance education classes include: landscaping, electrical and furnace maintenance, plumbing, painting and wall repair.
NEW! Credit Seminars are now being offered on the first Thursday of every month, in both English and Spanish in alternating months. Topics covered include: what is credit, how does it affect the consumer, and what can be done to get out of debt. Contact Ana for more information. 616.392.2368, ext. 107.
NEW! Community Action House now partners with eHome America to provide Home Buyer Education. This is an online course in both English and Spanish that satisfies the education requirement for many down payment assistance and loan programs. Pay a fee and take the course in your home at your own pace. You will be required to talk with a Community Action House Housing and Education Specialist prior to receiving your certificate. Please note, this process can take three to five business days to complete. Click here to get started!
Home Inspection Assistance is available to buyers who have a MSHDA loan in progress. Up to $750 is available to pay for a Home Inspection that is a requirement as selected on your Purchase Agreement. An appointment with a Housing Counselor is also provided prior to the inspection. Referral from your lender is required – ASK your lender today!
(Please note: No funds are provided for Home Inspections that have already taken place, and funds are not guaranteed.)
For information or interest in Home Buyer Education in Spanish, please contact us:
Thank you for your interest in our classes! Below you will find the forms that participants in our classes are required to complete. The information that CAH requests allows us to report the number of people that are attending our classes and in turn, we are able to receive funding that will continue to permit us to offer this service at no cost to the public. Please note that the information that you provide remains confidential within our agency. If you have any further questions or concerns related to these forms, please do not hesitate to contact one of our housing counselors.
Please note: only households in Ottawa and Allegan Counties are eligible for Education Services.
¡Gracias por su interés en nuestras clases! A continuación encontrará los formularios que necesita imprimir y completar para participar en las clases. La información que solicitamos nos permite reportar el número depersonas que asisten a nuestras clases y permite que recibimos fondos que nos permite seguir ofreciendo estosservicios sin costo alguno para el público. Tenga en cuenta que la información que usted proporcione es confidencial dentro de nuestra agencia. Si usted tiene alguna pregunta o duda relacionada con estas formasadicionales, por favor no dude en ponerse en contacto con uno de nuestros asesores de vivienda.
- Wednesday 6:00pm-8:00pm, unless otherwise noted.
What Are Participants Saying About Their Experience With Our Education Classes?
"The thing that helped me the most was recognizing how I spend and save money. I really needed this class - it was a good eye opener. I learned a lot of useful information. Thanks a lot!" - Jamell McClendon, Financial Capabilities Participant
"I really enjoyed the home buyers course and I am confident that it will give me the courage to finally buy a home and end the generational hindrance of renting." - Raquel Dawson, Home Buyer Education participant
“Thank you for the insurance information, the credit information and everything else. I do not know any other place I could find what I learned here. I am joining you again in May. This was so crucial!” –Robert Bauer, Financial Management Class participant
"It was great to be able to talk to people who know their stuff with regards to gardening, painting, electrical, and plumbing. I had many questions answered and have already started applying some of what I've learned. I'm observing things in my house with a knowledgeable eye now." - Jovanna Mendoza, Home Maintenance Class participant
Financial Capability Resources
Staff at Community Action House make every effort to treat all people with respect and fairness, and to provide knowledgeable, culturally competent services to members of the community. As a client, you have the right to receive services that you are eligible for; we cannot always provide every service for every client, but whenever possible, we will provide referrals and information about alternative community resources.