Homeownership program hosts resource fair this weekend

The Renew Woodlawn Homeownership Program, which provides incentives for anyone interested in purchasing a home in the South Side neighborhood of Woodlawn, will host a homeowners resource fair at its Hyde Park-based resource center this weekend.

The fair will begin with a symbolic ribbon cutting that celebrates the first home closing under the program at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Woodlawn Resource Center, 6144 S. Cottage Grove Ave. After the ribbon cutting the organization will host a resource fair for homeowners, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ald. Willie Cochran (20th), Gerard Smith, specialist branch chief and asset resolution specialist of the Midwest Region of the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, Bill Eager, vice president of the Chicago Area Preservation of Affordable Housing, Kristin Faust, president and CEO of Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago Inc. and Jack Markowski, president and CEO of Community Investment Corporation First Time Homebuyer will be in attendance. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City of Chicago Commissioner David L. Reifman from the Department of Development and Planning have been invited to attend.