'Get Financially Fit' Session At West Hunter Street Baptist Church

ATLANTA—Ready to buy a home? With the Atlanta housing market on the rise, prospective homebuyers will learn how to finance an important part of the American Dream at the next free “Get Financially Fit” seminar of the Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta, taking place on Saturday, June 28, at West Hunter Street Baptist Church.

Timed for national Homeownership Month, the seminar will also include information on purchase-renovation loans, an important way to expand the number of homes available and continue to rebuild neighborhoods in the wake of the foreclosure crisis.

Also included for the first time will be sessions on growing a small business. Other offerings will cover the basics of credit scores, banking and identity theft and retirement.

A special session to teach teens about money management will take place. Adults and teens are also invited to learn about student loans.

To emphasize the importance of attending, the first 30 newcomers who register and complete the course will receive a $25 gift card. Breakfast and lunch will also be served and child care will be provided.

Everything is free, parking is convenient and the program begins at 8:30 a.m. and will end at 12:30 p.m. West Hunter Street Baptist Church is located at 1040 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd SW, 30310.

Registration is strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Register at www.concernedblackclergy.org or by telephoning 404-755-4900.

“Homeownership is rebounding in Atlanta and this is a great time to learn how to pay for your dream home,” said Concerned Black Clergy president Rev. Frank Brown. “We are very happy to add a session on small business and to invite teens, who are at the perfect age to learn about money. I hope parents and their teens will attend several of the sessions together.

Attendees will be able to select the three topics that are of most interest to them. In addition to the special session for teens, attendees will have seven choices:

• Homebuying in an improving market.

• Purchase-renovation loans – expand your choices.

• Credit scores and credit reports (teens invited).

• Growing your small business.

• Banking basics and identity theft (teens invited)

• All about student loans (teens invited)

• Ready for retirement?

“We want everyone to attend and get on the road to financial success,” said the Rev. Toussaint Hill Jr., pastor at West Hunter Street Baptist Church. “With the economy picking up, the timing is perfect.”

This is the eighth workshop of its kind in churches across Atlanta. Overwhelmingly, participants attending previous seminars indicated that they would recommend the event to a friend.

“These sessions have now helped more than 800 people,” said Mike Donnelly, Atlanta region president for Wells Fargo. “We are so glad to work with the Concerned Black Clergy to get more people on the road to financial success.”

The Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta Inc. is the primary, proactive, and principle-centered organization comprised of mostly African-American ministers and laity in the metro area. Membership includes 100-plus churches representing 100,000-plus individuals. The group’s mission is to provide leadership, advocacy and service to the homeless, helpless and hopeless in the community.

With almost 200 bank stores in the Atlanta area—more than any other bank—Wells Fargo & Company serves every other household and has 5,000 team members in the metro area. Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. Wells Fargo was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2013 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.

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Congressman Announces Millions In Affordable Housing Funding

JONESBORO, GA—U.S. Representative David Scott (D-Ga.) announced that Georgia will benefit from $2.8 million in affordable housing funding from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLBank Atlanta), one of the 12 district banks in the Federal Home Loan Bank System.

The awarded Affordable Housing Program (AHP) funds will assist in the creation or rehabilitation of seven affordable housing projects across the state.

“One of the toughest challenges that our communities face today is ensuring that low- to very low-income Georgia residents have a safe and decent place to call home,” said Congressman Scott. “We are excited to partner with FHLBank Atlanta to create more affordable housing opportunities for our state.”

The Waverly Terrace Senior Apartments in Columbus, the Middle Georgia Center in Dublin, and the Bethel Housing Preservation project in Albany, are among the awarded projects. Since 1990, FHLBank Atlanta has awarded funding to support 285 projects in Georgia that created or rehabilitated 17,658 units of quality, affordable rental and homeownership housing.

“AHP funding not only helps bring affordable housing to areas that have the greatest need, but also provides an important economic boost to entire communities,” said Robert Dozier, FHLBank Atlanta Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer.

FHLBank Atlanta awards AHP funds annually through a competitive application process. Applications for the 2015 AHP funding round will be accepted beginning June 2015. Potential applicants must work with an FHLBank Atlanta member financial institution to complete the AHP Competitive program application. A list of member financial institutions is available on the FHLBank Atlanta website at www.fhlbatl.com.

FHLBank Atlanta offers competitively-priced financing, community development grants, and other banking services to help member financial institutions make affordable home mortgages and provide economic development credit to neighborhoods and communities. The Bank’s members—its shareholders and customers—are commercial banks, credit unions, savings institutions, community development financial institutions, and insurance companies located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. FHLBank Atlanta is one of 12 district banks in the Federal Home Loan Bank System, which since 1990 has contributed more than $4.8 billion to the Affordable Housing Program.

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TEAM Georgia Designated Driver Booth Sponsored

Atlanta, GA—Team Georgia, the state’s premier safe and sober driving coalition, formally announced the creation of a new designated driver booth at the Georgia Dome. This booth will be sponsored by the Georgia Ford Dealers. TEAM Georgia volunteers ask fans to sign up as designated drivers prior to and during games and other events at our venues. Our goal is to make sure fans arrive home safely after the game.

TEAM Georgia’s executive director, Bob Cucchi said, “We are extremely happy to have the Georgia Ford Dealers as sponsors of one of our designated driver booths at the Georgia Dome. Ford has long been a leader and advocate for motor vehicle safety in our state. This sponsorship clearly reinforces Ford as a good corporate citizen as well as an enlightened local business enterprise.”

At present, TEAM Georgia operates 7 designated driver booths at the Georgia Dome for all Falcons home games and other events during the year. Over 1 million people attended sporting and other events at the Dome in 2013.

“Safety behind the wheel has always been a priority for Ford Motor Company, and we want to do our part here in Georgia to make sure our community members are safe on the roads,” said John Bleakley, Jr., chairman ex-officio of the dealer group and owner of John Bleakley Ford in Lithia Springs, GA. “We’re excited to partner with TEAM Georgia and go further to keep drivers safe.”

TEAM Georgia is made up of business leaders, government and public safety officials, and members of Atlanta’s professional sporting teams. Our unique alliance joins the state’s most prominent and progressive champions of highway safety with Georgia’s professional sporting heroes.

Our mission is to serve as an effective and progressive highway and waterway safety advocacy group, encouraging safe and sober driving choices as a means of reducing transportation crashes, injuries and fatalities. We accomplish our objectives through several unique and effective programs. One of our most noteworthy programs is our Designated Driver Booth Program.

TEAM Georgia Designated Driver Booths are located at the Georgia Dome, Philips Arena, Gwinnett Arena and Turner Field. Designated Driver Booth volunteers encourage the use of a designated driver when attending sporting, music and cultural events. Since the Designated Booth Program began, over 450,000 fans have registered to serve as Designated Drivers, received information on impaired driving and Georgia’s DUI laws.

Southeast Ford Dealers Advertising Fund is a cooperative of Ford dealerships in Georgia and parts of Alabama and Tennessee.

For more information on TEAM Georgia, please see our website at: www.teamgeorgia.com or call Bob Cucchi our executive director at 770-490-1243.

For more information on Georgia Ford Dealers’ community involvement, Ford products or a list of dealerships, please visit www.shopfordnow.com.

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