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Couple completes Home Ownership Program

When Qunett Ransom and Kerry Morris came for a visit to Williamsport from Jersey City, New Jersey, they fell in love with the city and today they are homeowners thanks to a program through the Lycoming Housing Authority.

“My sister was living over here and we came to visit and I just fell in love with Williamsport. It was so different from Jersey City. It was quiet. It was like a city that was stable, you know, not as busy as the city we came from,” Ransom told authority board members at their monthly meeting.

After almost five years in the authority’s Section 32 Homeownership Program, the couple and their two daughters were able to purchase a home on Walnut Street recently.

“They have been working diligently to purchase the home on Walnut Street and we had the distinct pleasure last week of sitting down at the closing table and signing the deed to that home over to this amazing couple and their two beautiful daughters,” said MerLyn Severson, the authority’s executive director.

As they participated in the program the couple worked at improving their credit, experiencing job mobility and saving up a down payment for closing, Severson said.

“Finally to get a dream of mine to own a house. To finally have the dream in our hands is wonderful,” Morris said.

Ransom shared how her family had been on a trip out of town and when they returned in the mail was a letter from the Housing Authority saying, “are you tired of renting.”

“It was like, do you want to enroll in a rent-to-own program, and we went in and met Andy (Gerrity) and then he introduced us to Rick (Armstead). Once we met him, it was just awesome after that. I enjoyed every bit of this program,” she said.

“I’m sitting there in closing and I know I might have been quiet because this was just unbelievable to me because I’m like I’m not sitting here signing my name on a home. It was just so unbelievable,” Ransom shared.

In regular business during the meeting the board approved a bid from Yoder Builders in the amount of $42,971 for carpet replacement in administrative offices. The next meeting of the board will be at 8:30 a.m. July 28 at the Penn Vale Conference Room, 1941 Lincoln Drive.

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