PBAF began in 2001 when Father Henry Mancuso, pastor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, recognized a need for quality and affordable housing within and around his parish. After speaking with Mayor Roach, Father Mancuso met with Mr. Willie King, a local businessman, to discuss the idea. On September 11, 2001, while the Twin Towers were being devastated and our nation was changing before our eyes, the seeds for change in Lake Charles were planted, and PBAF was formed.
What is the mission of PBAF?projectbaf2023-01-11T11:47:31-06:00
PBAF helps individuals and families interested in purchasing quality, affordable housing in the area north of Broad Street in Lake Charles.
PBAF follows a non-discriminatory policy and does not allow that person’s race, color, creed or religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, military status, handicap, disability, or any other protected status determine who enters our homebuyer program.
Are there particular requirements to enter PBAF’s homebuyer program?projectbaf2023-01-11T11:47:31-06:00
PBAF has chosen the area known as Lake Charles North as its target area, as this is the area in which Father Mancuso’s parishioners lived and worshipped. The borders of the target area are: Ryan Street to the West; Highway 14/Gerstner Memorial Boulevard to the East; Broad Street to the South; and Fitzenreiter Road to the North.
How does PBAF’s homeownership program work?projectbaf2023-01-11T11:47:31-06:00
Individuals and families interested in purchasing a quality affordable home from PBAF complete an application.
Applications are reviewed by PBAF staff, and acceptance or denial letters (based on application criteria) are issued.
Participants entering the program work with a Homebuyer Counselor to establish a Plan of Action, meeting one-on-one monthly to assist in establishing budgets, reducing debt, raising credit scores, and acquiring knowledge to successfully obtain a mortgage approval.
Hard work and dedication is a must for success!
Does PBAF only build new houses?projectbaf2023-01-11T11:47:31-06:00
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