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Press Release –
March 3, 2016


Tim Trumble, Media Coordinator, Cell: 617-947-2632;




National Non-Profit to Conduct Workshop March 19


(MACON, GA, March 3, 2016) – NACA, the nation’s largest HUD certified non-profit home ownership and community advocacy organization, is creating a groundbreaking partnership with the eleven Macon-Bibb County Shalom Zones to control urban blight and revitalize the historic neighborhoods through increased home ownership.


Frank Austin, Shalom Zone Coordinator, announced NACA’s participation in revitalizing the Shalom Zones, beginning with a special American Dream Home Buyers’ Workshop. The event takes place Saturday, March 19th, at 8:30 a.m. and will be held at Central Georgia Technical College, 3300 Macon Tech Drive in Macon. The event will be conducted in the auditorium of Building H on campus.


“Breaking the cycle of low home ownership and high rental rates is a high priority for the Shalom Zones”, said Mr. Austin. “The percentage of homeowners in the Shalom Zones is far below the national average. Increased home ownership affects everything from crime rates to educational achievement and even public health.  As such it touches all six of the Threads of Shalom, the key objectives of our communities’ efforts.”


NACA (Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America) will bring a groundbreaking lending program to the Macon Shalom Zone communities.


“The NACA program will break the conventional lending rules that have contributed to falling home ownership rates and increased blight,” according NACA Founder and CEO Bruce Marks. “We will provide loans with no down payment, no closing costs, and no need for perfect credit. In addition, these loans will be at fixed, below market interest rates with the opportunity to buy the rate down to virtually zero, and the loan may be up to 110% of the post-renovation value of homes that are in need of rehabilitation.”


One key advantage to the NACA program is the absence of a minimum loan amount for the purchase of the home.


“Many people who want to buy homes in the Shalom Zone communities are not able to get a loan from the banks. Banks will not approve anyone for a mortgage under fifty thousand dollars”, according to Mr. Austin, “yet with large numbers of unoccupied homes badly depressing housing values, many homes are available for well under that mark.  It becomes a case of de-facto redlining, which in turn pushes property values even lower.  NACA will not have a minimum loan amount so that we can break the downward spiral of home values.”


Interested potential home buyers may register for the free March 19th workshop on line at


NACA’s partnership with Shalom Zones comes on the heels of their historic Detroit Neighborhood Initiative, begun last year in conjunction with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s office and the Detroit Land Bank. More than twenty thousand people have registered for the NACA program in Detroit which is already creating new homeowners and restoring neighborhoods in one of the country’s most beleaguered cities.  Officials in Buffalo, NY and Memphis, TN have also approached NACA about creating similar programs.


“NACA is both proud and honored to become a partner in the Shalom Zone effort”, according to Bruce Marks. “Their objectives are a perfect fit with NACA’s core objective of building strong, healthy neighborhoods in urban and rural areas nationwide through affordable homeownership.” 


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About NACA (

NACA is the largest and most effective organization in modifying mortgages and provides the best mortgage in the country. NACA CEO Bruce Marks was named Bostonian of the Year for 2007 because of his work in getting the major lenders and servicers to modify home loans for borrowers who come through NACA. See Bostonian of the Year. He has also testified before Congress on numerous occasions including September 12, 2000, being one of the only people to sound the alarm of the pending mortgage crisis. For more information go to

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  1. kenneth smith
    Posted October 17, 2018 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    I would like more information o when and where I can attend a workshop that can help lead me to being a home owner

    • Posted October 22, 2018 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

      Hello kenneth smith,

      You can locate and register for a Home Buyer’s Workshop near you by entering yrou Zip Code where indicated at The workshop will provide you with all the information you need and is the required first step in the process.

      Tim Trumble
      Online Operations, NACA

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