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No Program Was as Helpful as Ours

At Everyday Hero Housing Assistance Fund, it is our mission to work with public service workers and help them get into new homes while helping them reduce their closing costs. This family below was able to find a new home after more than two years of home hunting troubles. As a teacher and a social worker, they were able to get into our program so we could help them realize their dream!


“My wife and I are so grateful for the help of EHHAF! For over 2 years we looked for the best homes, bank loan offers and programs to assistance us in our home search and no program was as helpful as EHHAF. It was comforting to know that because my wife is a teacher and I’m a social worker that we were finally seen as everyday heroes and that we would receive assistance in purchasing our first home!

The process was convenient, efficient and rewarding. It took just a few months to complete what we had been trying to accomplish for so long. The EHHAF became our heroes when we were able to finally close on a home that we fell in love with!”

– Darrick W.

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Moving Across The Country: How Parents Can Make The Process Less Stressful

Making a big move is a stressful undertaking, no matter how prepared you are. When you have kids and have to take into consideration how to help them cope with all the changes at the same time, it gets even more complicated.

Fortunately, there are several easy ways you can help make a cross-country move a lot less stressful for the whole family. Being prepared and doing a bit of research ahead of time will help give you peace of mind when the time comes to make the move.

Here are some of the best tips on how to get started.

Look at schools

Do your homework and look at the schools that will be in your area once you move. Even if your child hasn’t started school yet, you may decide to place him in a preschool, and you’ll want to be prepared when he is ready to go. Find out which schools are in the district surrounding your new home and whether they are open-enrollment, which means your child can go there whether you live in the district or not. If possible, take a trip to your new home before the move and allow your child to see the school and maybe even meet his teacher.

Help ease your child into it

Making a big move can be scary for most kids, especially if they are already in school and have established friends and a routine there. Help ease them into it by including them in your plans, and find a map of your new city to hang on the wall. Show your child all the fun things there are to do there and mark them with a pen; you might even make plans to visit a few of them. Mark down the days on the calendar so your younger children can understand how many “sleeps” it will be until the move.

Amp up the excitement

You may get stressed about the move, but try not to let your child see that stress come out. Kids are very susceptible to those feelings and can take them onto themselves. Instead, make it seem like an exciting adventure. Find photos of your new town and home and hang them up on the fridge so the kids can get used to seeing it. Talk about all the things they’ll be able to try after the move, especially if you’re going to be living somewhere very different in climate from your current home. Kids who have lived on the West Coast their entire lives may have never seen snow, while kids on the East Coast may get excited about living near the beach.

For more tips on how to help your kids see the fun side of the move, visit Redfin.com for a handy guide.

Don’t focus on what will be different

While you want to prepare your kids for all the changes that lay ahead, it’s important not to focus on all the things that will be different after the move. Instead, talk about the things they’ll still have, such as all their favorite toys, their bedding, the family pet, etc. Very young children can sometimes mistake a move for an event that means they’ll be giving up all their belongings, so reassure them by making sure they know their room will look exactly the same.

Author: Alex Robbins (SafetyToday.org)

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Another Satisfied Family

We were thrilled to work with this amazing family and get the connected with the agents and loan resources they needed to move their family into a new home. At the end of the process, our team was able to help get their closing costs covered as well.


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Our experience with the Everyday hero was amazing. The EHHAF team helped tremendously and the process went smoothly. Compared to the tons of paperwork involved with buying a house, I didn’t even notice getting approved through EHHAF.

The one thing that I did which helped tremendously is buying a printer that scans and sends the documents directly to your computer. Most of the process is online and requires you to send in documents that you have scanned. Going to Fedex/Kinkos every time you need a document would delay the process and not be feasible.

Have fun and enjoy the process and talk to your neighbors before you buy the house, we found out we have amazing neighbors on both sides!

Thank You,

Shawn H.

9 Facts About Labor Day

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Here at Everyday Hero Housing Assistance Fund, Labor Day is very close to our heart. We are honored to have helped so many hard-working public service workers around the country and make available to them our low-cost mortgage program that covers their closing costs.

So to celebrate the occasion we wanted to bring you some little-known facts about this great American holiday:

  1. The first celebrated US Labor Day was on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City, planned by the Central Labor Union.
  2. 10,000 workers marched from City Hall all the way to 42nd Street and then met with their families in Wendel’s Elm Park for a picnic, concert, and speeches.
  3. Oregon was the first state to celebrate Labor Day as a legal holiday in 1887.
  4. The decision to make Labor Day the first Monday of September was approved on June 28, 1894.
  5. Labor Day started as a part of the labor union movement, to recognize the contributions of men and women in the US workforce, but modernly is seen as a chance to celebrate the last weekend of summer.
  6. Americans worked 12-hour days seven days a week during the 19th century!
  7. The Adamson Act was passed on September 3, 1916 to establish an eight-hour work day.
  8. Historians say the expression “no white after Labor Day” comes from when the upper class would return from their summer vacations and stow away their lightweight, white summer clothes as they returned back to school and work.
  9. There is still a Labor Day parade in New York City, which takes place throughout the 20 blocks north of the 1882 labor march.

We do our best to honor the public service workers, police, firefighters, teachers and medical professionals who are so dedicated to their communities. For many of the folks we have worked with, they wouldn’t have been able to get into a home without the help of our dedicated professionals.

To learn more call 720-932-8249 or email us.

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Firefighter Testimonial

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At Everyday Hero Housing Assistance Fund we love to hear back from the people who have used our program to secure free gift funds to cover their closing costs when they buy a home. Take it from this firefighter below who was able to work with us to purchase his new home!

My thanks to all the wonderful people at the Everyday Heroes Housing Assistance Fund. They were excellent to work with. They helped me find a realtor and mortgage company that were well in-tune with my needs and budget. I would highly recommend them to anyone. My realtor, John Barrett from Keller Williams, and my mortgage broker, Michael DeMorato from Prime Lending, helped me find a house and the right mortgage for my needs. Their professionalism and assistance through every step of the process were greatly appreciated.

My thanks again,
Brendan Murphy

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We would highly recommend that any eligible hero apply!

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“The Everyday Heroes Housing Assistance Fund helped us land the perfect home! My EHHAF agent was very good about explaining the whole process to us and was a pleasure to work with. We were slightly hesitant to use the program when we found out we couldn’t pick our own lender, but their lender blew our expectations out of the water. Even with a large time difference they were always quick to respond and made sure that we understood every step along the way. We locked in a very low interest rate and were even able to close a week early!

We are very thankful for our gift funds, but due to the fact that, in some cases, you receive the funds as a reimbursement after closing, you will still have to be able to cover some up front expense. In our case, we used the funds to cover all of our moving expenses and some minor repairs to the house; which was a big help! We would highly recommend that any eligible hero apply to the program.”

Thank you,
Benjamin

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Medical Worker Testimonial

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I am extremely grateful to the team of professionals that facilitated my home purchase, including EveryDay Heroes and their associates: My Everyday hero agents, my loan officer and real estate agent.

Enabled by their efficiency and professionalism, I was able to secure the perfect property for my work and lifestyle.  I am eager to spread the word that in working together, they can match you with a successful search and speedy resolution in this challenging market.

– Patricia

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Police Officer Closing Cost Grants

It’s our mission to help our everyday heroes buy new homes with our closing cost grants, and so we love to hear from the happy new homeowners who we have helped along the way. This family was kind enough to send us the note below and let us publish it here!

I would like to take the time to thank you folks for the great work you have done.  The agent you set us up with was very professional.  She did a great job negotiating for us.  The lender was also very wonderful. They were very attentive to our needs.  They worked very hard for us so that we were able to close on time.

In addition, the money we will received to cover our closing costs will go along ways towards helping us with Christmas and the expenses of setting up a new household.  It was so nice not to have to worry about that.  I will use you folks again.  I have attached a picture of us and our new home.  Thanks again.  You guys are the best.

– William Wainman

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Another Happy EHHAF Family

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“The agent that we had to use  was wonderful.  She never gave up on us even though we thought about giving up multiple times.  She would take the time to respond no matter what time we got ahold of her. She helped us get everything done even at last minute.  The mortgage  company we used was friendly and responded as quickly as they could,  which was difficult since there’s a 4 hour time difference.  They got all the paper work and submitted everything on time for us to be able to close on time. We’re happy in our new home. “

8 Holiday Gift Ideas for Firefighters

It’s that time of year where everyone is hustling and bustling to get their holiday shopping done. Since EHHAF provides home buying grants to public service employees, we thought we’d give you some great gift ideas for the fire workers in your life.

1. Hand-Crafted “Firefighter” Leather Tri-fold Wallet

We all know a firefighter needs a tough wallet. This hand made leather comes stamped with a maltese cross for a great look.

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2. Upcycled Fire Truck Lamp 

This firetruck has been restyled, painted and rewired to be used as an awesome decorative lamp.

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3. Firefighter Paracord Survival Strap Bracelet

Stylish and functional. This bracelet unravels to become a 30ft paracord, and every purchase goes to support the wounded warrior project.

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4. Axe and Hammer Firefighter Multi-tool

This axe and hammer multi tool combo is great for camping, or for housework.

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5. Firefighter Husband and Wife Interlocking Necklace Set

A great gift for those of you with spouses in the service. This way you’ll always have a reminder of each other next to your heart.

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6. Ax Pizza Cutter

Who wouldn’t want to cut a pizza with this great gadget. Perfect for any firefighter home.

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7. Fire Extinguisher Drink Dispenser

A great decoration and addition to your party supply. Extinguish your thirst with this firefighter themed drink dispenser.

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8. Maltese Cross Fire Boot Mug

No firefighter would be anywhere without his or her boots.

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