Years ago little attention was focused on low-income homeownership. Today homeownership among under-served groups, including
low-income households and minorities, has risen significantly. Many in these groups have benefited from more flexible
underwriting standards and greater access to credit. However, there is still a racial/ethnic gap and the homeownership rates
of minority and low-income households remain well below the national average.
With holistic empowerment as its focus, Vision of Truth Community Development Corporation's Homeownership Program seeks to help
close the home ownership gap. VOTCDC's Homeownership Program was birthed using a house on Arden Street to support the ability
of a family to own a home after two years of saving rent for a down-payment.
The goal of the home ownership program is to help families become
secure, debt-free and to move from becoming renters to
homeownership. Families who are accepted into the program must pay rent
on time, attend two to three workshops on debt reduction,
financial management and community service. When the family follows all
these guidelines, and are ready to purchase a home,
they receive all their rent money, plus interest, back to use as a down
payment on their home.
For more information about the Homeownership Program, please call Margaret DePena at (757)967-9664 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
After School and Parenting Programs
VOTCDc's after school program is designed to improve students' academic
success and engagement in the learning process. The
program provides academic and remedial instruction for students in the
areas of English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social
Studies and Foreign Languages. Students gain specific knowledge and
skills to help them meet the required Standards of Learning
(SOL) for the State of Virginia. Sessions are conducted once a week for
students in grades 6-12.
Parents As Models (PAM) is a parenting program founded by VOTCDC to help
and engage parents in their children's academic success.
Research supports the notion that parental participation in the
educational process can significantly predict student performance,
social adjustment and positively impact learning. U. S. Department of
Education, National Center for Education Statistics (IES)
research suggests that parents will participate in events that "feature
some interaction with students' teachers and provide
information on "parenting and school-related issues."
PAM supports, enhances and includes activities that strengthen this link
between student academic achievement, positive behavior,
and parental involvement.
For more information about Parents As Models, please call Margaret DePena at (757)967-9664 or email email@example.com.
Vision of Truth Community Development Corporation's workforce development initiatives correlate to the City of Portsmouth's
Destination 2025 initiative to build the skills of the local workforce. VOTCDC will accomplish through its existing partnership
with the City of Portsmouth public school system and by identifying and establishing other key partnerships with educational
institutions, businesses and community agencies and residents.
VOTCDC provides resources for business development through
school-to-work initiatives in conjunction and collaboration with area
industries, colleges and technical schools. Hampton Roads is the home of
Norfolk Naval Base, North Atlantic Treaty Organization,
Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Norshipco, Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry
Dock, and Norfolk Southern. To that end, there is a potential
link to shipbuilding programs at area colleges. On a broader scale,
project sponsors are exploring a partnership to establish a
business incubator with vocational and technical training, led by a
consortium of local colleges and technical schools.
For more information about VOTCDC's workforce development initiatives, please call Margaret DePena at (757) 967-9664 or email