Wiregrass Newsroom: Homebuyers' workshop helps educate Dothan residents

Dothan, AL (WSFA) --"Oh my god, that would be so awesome. To get a new home," says Davona Hayes.

Hayes has never owned her own home.

"I've been renting now for eleven years."

She hopes the days of renting are almost over.  As a single parent with two sons, she's ready to take that next step.

"Trying to start some roots for them so they'll be able to have a safe place to live, and I'll be able to leave it to them one day."

That step starts today.  Hayes and other residents had the chance to attend a homebuyers' assistance workshop sponsored by the City of Dothan.  It helps potential homeowners learn everything they need to know--just one of the requirements needed to receive city assistance through the new Homebuyer Assistance Program the city just started.

While the assistance program is open to any first time homeowner, not everyone will qualify.  There are specific guidelines each family must meet.

Only first time homeowners with a low to moderate family income will qualify. You must also receive a certificate from a homeownership class and be able to provide 50% of the down-payment.

The assistance program will provide homeowners with the other half or up to $5,000 dollars.  Only homes within the city limits of Dothan will be considered.

But it's a chance Davona is happy to have.

"It's giving me a little bit of light on getting a house for me and my son," she says.

That's exactly what city leaders hope the program does.

"This program allows families who have moderate incomes to be able to achieve the American dream," says Maurice Head with the City of Dothan.

It's a dream Davona hopes is finally coming true.

"It's going to be really exciting to me if I'm able to get one."

Reporter: Melissa McKinney