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Programs & Services


Buying a home can be a complicated process involving multiple parties. By including NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania as your partner in the process, you get a coach who will walk you through the process from credit to closing.

We offer face-to-face and remote education and counseling options designed with the first-time homebuyer in mind. Through NWWPA you will better understand:  

  • How your credit score affects your mortgage rate
  • The various loan options available to borrowers
  • How to shop for a home
  • How to plan for down payment and closing costs
  • The types of insurance all homeowners need
  • How to maintain your home after purchase and avoid foreclosure

The first step for prospective homebuyers is to attend a Homebuyer Workshop or to complete online education through eHome America.

For more information on the NeighborhoodLIFT down-payment assistance program, click here.

NeighborWorks Is the Industry Standard

We were founded more than 50 years ago as Neighborhood Housing Services, the first group of its kind dedicated to helping families achieve financial wellness and build their communities through homeownership. Our programs and techniques have been copied and implemented by numerous other organizations, but ours is still the standard that others try to achieve.

NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania is a certified HUD-approved housing counseling agency, a chartered member of NeighborWorks America, an approved agency for the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s (PHFA) Comprehensive Housing Counseling Initiative, and an adopter of the National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education and Counseling. Our team of experienced housing counselors and educators adhere to the highest standards of quality and accountability in the industry.

Your Success is our Priority

Buying a home is an exciting, but stressful time, especially if it is your first home. Our specially trained, certified staff and industry partners understand there are always hard questions, but rest assured there are no silly questions. We have seen and heard everything, and sometimes have experienced it ourselves.

It is our job to make sure you are comfortable, confident, and fully informed as you go through the process of buying your first home.

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