Roberta White is up to her ears in painting, she said with expressions of both jubilation and a little distress. The 60-year-old is one of Springettsbury Township’s newest homeowners, something she’s been striving for over the past 10 years.
After years of increasing rent payments at her East York apartment and desire to get herself more financially stabilized, Roberta took the first steps in the journey to purchase her own home. Her dream wasn’t realized overnight, but she’s proud to look back and appreciate the process that brings her back home to the townhouse she’s thrilled to call her own.
“I wish I did this 30 years ago,” she said with a slight smile. “It’s something I’ve always wanted.”
Years ago, a neighbor recommended that Roberta connect with Community Progress Council and its housing and financial counselors to get on the right path. CPC’s staff worked with her to determine the mortgage she needed and the payment process, and to build her confidence as she began searching for homes in the area.
Today, she appreciates the help she received to understand the home buying process and how to find a home she could afford. While she admits the process was at times overwhelming, she was happy to come into the effort prepared and responsible.
As for that painting, every stroke of the brush is a reminder of the effort that she’s put into her dream.
“A lot of people think it’s not possible.”
~ Roberta White