Ronald Knott, Associate Director of Community Concepts’ HomeQuest division (www.HomeQuestMaine.org), has been named Chairman of the NeighborWorks National HomeOwnership Advisory Committee. Serving primarily Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties, HomeQuest is one of only 100 NeighborWorks HomeOwnership centers in the country. Knott will lead the committee, composed of about 20 people from NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Centers nationwide.
Knott said the committees’ primary goal is to “help NeighborWorks America meet its strategic plan and goals by helping to build and sustain a national network of homeownership centers. We obtain critical input from each centers management on best practices, internal and external partnership opportunities and insight into emerging market trends and issues.”
HomeOwnership centers like HomeQuest have mortgage funds available to first time homebuyers, as well as current homeowners needing loans for repairs and upgrades. Resources are also available to provide free, confidential counseling services to those facing the possible loss of their homes due to mortgage delinquency and foreclosure. They provide the State approved homebuyer education classes and assist families to become mortgage ready. Monies are made available through federal, state, and financial institutions or private funds.
Knott will serve a two-year term, helping to identify and satisfy the professional needs and opportunities of NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Centers across the country. Knott’s Co-Chair is from the HomeOwnership Center of Hawaii.