LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Homes for Heroes organization is helping heroes save money when buying a home. Only WINK News talked to a Lee County Sheriff’s deputy who just bought his first home with help from the program.
“It’s comforting to know I have a place to call my own,” said Deputy Sheriff Nolan Connell.
Every day heroes are getting financial help when buying homes.
“It’s a three-bedroom house, very beautiful, brand new construction home, 2,000 square feet, a lot of room for me and my growing family,” said Connell.
Connell was able to buy a new home in Cape Coral, thanks to Homes for Heroes.
“There is nothing the hero has to do special, I take care of it all for you. All the money, everything comes right from us, you just look for a house,” said realtor Kevin McCauley with Barkley Real Estate Group.
As part of Homes for Heroes, McCauley he discounts a portion of his commission at closing when a hero buys a home. It’s not just deputies getting help, the program offers discounts to people working law enforcement, the military, firefighters, teachers, and medical personnel. One mortgage broker says he’s already helped more than a dozen people by discounting his services.
“As a fellow disabled veteran and past law enforcement officer, I know how much they make and any financial assistance they can have in assisting so they can purchase a home, an affordable house for them is outstanding,” said James Marcinkowski.
Connell has been living in his new home since the end of March. The people who make the program happen say stories like his are why they participate.
“To see the smiles on their face of a family moving into maybe their first house is outstanding,” said Marcinkowski.
This program came about after the 9/11 terror attacks.
To learn more about the program call 239-936-4232 or visit www.HomesForHeroesSWFL.com.