Credit Counseling Center had a wonderful turnout at our first Homeownership Empowerment Summit on April 25, 2024, at the Newtown Campus of Bucks County Community College. Keynote speaker Emily Hoffler Murray, Business Development Officer, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, and our entire panel of experts shed light on resources for downpayment assistance, working with a realtor, pre-qualification and types of mortgages, consumer fraud, title insurance, and other assistance available.

All proceeds supported Credit Counseling Center and the HOME STRONG project, an initiative dedicated to supporting individuals and families in securing and maintaining stable and secure housing situations.

Thank you to our speakers/Housing Industry Panel experts:

Michael Bannon – Director of Bucks County Consumer Protection
Dan McPhillipsBucks County Recorder of Deeds
Frank Blumenthal – President Elect of Bucks County Realtors Association
Carrie L. Mann, Esq, CLTP – Vice President, Pennsylvania Land Title Association; AVP, Assistant DE State Counsel & PA/DE Commercial Counsel, Old Republic Title
Tom Lynch, AMP – V.P. Mortgage Banker Assoc. of Eastern PA
Paula Powers-Watts – Moderator – Executive Director, Credit Counseling Center

About Credit Counseling Center’s HOME STRONG Project

The HOME STRONG Project serves two distinct areas of the housing industry: 1.) Homebuyer Education and Counseling services, and 2.) Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention and Intervention services. These services are provided at no cost to consumers of PA.

We firmly believe that regardless of whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned homeowner, ongoing education and counseling are invaluable tools in navigating the complexities of homeownership. The HOME STRONG Project also serves as a pivotal intervention, offering indispensable assistance to homeowners who are facing the imminent threat of losing their homes.

Your support, whether through individual donations, sponsorships, or grants, is instrumental in helping us provide crucial counseling services to our community and plays a vital role in empowering individuals and families with the knowledge and resources needed to achieve sustainable homeownership.

Together, we are making a meaningful difference in the lives of our community members.

Our mission is to promote financial literacy and empower individuals with the skills they need to make informed, confident decisions about their finances. By attending our fundraisers, you’re contributing to a brighter, financially literate future for members of our community.


Speaker Panel at the Homeowner Empowerment Summit

PA Department of Equal Housing

Approved agency of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. Credit Counseling Center is an equal opportunity employer.