First Time Home Buyer Classes (Home Stretch)


AFDN offers classes to First Time Home Buyers to provide education on how to manage your credit score, how to shop for property with realtors and how to ensure a bank loan is the right one for you. These classes will answer many questions First Time Home Buyers may have as well as offer referrals to recommended realtors, mortgage bankers and insurance agents in order to have a smooth transaction. Our homebuyer education program is designed to meet the needs of persons with little or no knowledge of the homebuying process and is formatted to equip every client with the information needed to make an informed home buying decision. The First Time Homebuyer certificate is issued at your individual or group workshop-counseling session. The objective of the individual or group workshop-counseling is to identify your personal housing goal and co-develop a plan of action with your housing counselor. The action plan will highlight steps for both you and your counselor to help you fulfill your housing goal.

This service is offered in both counseling and education formats and the following topics will be covered in-depth.

Becoming a Homeowner
Money Management
Credit - Manage credit to make homeownership more affordable
Mortgage Loan - Choose your best mortgage options
Real Estate 101 - Select the right home for your family
Loan Closing - Understand the loan closing process
Life As A Homeowner

Here is a cost of $40 per person for the classroom.

Housing Counseling & Credit

Budget Counseling and Credit Errors Correction

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Those interested in one-on-one counseling to help them prepare for homeownership may contact an AFDN housing counselor. AFDN provides free one-on-one housing counseling to all residents of Minnesota. One-on-one Counseling sessions allow for the analysis of your financial situation, assessment of your ability to qualify for a mortgage, development of a corrective action plan to overcome any barriers to achieving home-ownership. There is no charge to work with a HUD-approved housing counselor—help is free!

Rapid Re-Housing

Rapid Re-Housing Program helps families move from Hennepin County homeless shelters to affordable housing. Access to the program is through a referral by Hennepin County Screener only. Moves families from shelter to permanent housing, minimizing the trauma of homelessness on parents and children. This takes place at Century Plaza in downtown Minneapolis. this new service model focuses on moving families to permanent housing first, then providing services. Participating families receive housing relocation, stabilization services and financial assistance. Additional services, including employment assistance, are offered after permanent housing is found.

Arts and Culture

AFDN focuses on the following areas: • Lobbying and advocating for the rights of Somali artists in Minnesota as well as defending their freedom of musical expression; • Empowering young Somali artists through cultural exchange, and sharing of experiences with other regional and international artists; • Promoting Somali programs, including youth empowerment and entertainment as well as ensuring continuing development of the Somali arts, literature and intercultural projects. Minneapolis has the most active cultural community of Somalis in the world. The best known artists include dancers, singers and poets.

PROMOTION OF CULTURAL EVENTS WITH LOCAL MINNESOTA COMMUNITY Somali Community has established cultural programs to promote social interaction between refugees and local Minnesotans. One of the major events includes the “Annual Somali Cultural Night.” The first annual cultural night was held on July 1, 2013 attracting over 125 individuals. The second was held on September 16, 2013 attracting over 145 individuals. This year it will be held on July 1, 2014 and will be attracting more participants than ever before. AFDN hopes to expand this event to include other refugee Communities.

AFDN dedicated Somali music. "contemporary, popular, and traditional Somali music, features traditional Somali songs such as Kaban, Classic Songs played by modern and traditional musical instruments includes hundreds of popular and contemporary songs by famous Somali artists.

Click here Music Art and Culture Listen to, download and share community music.

Homebuyer education are now available online FRAMEWORK™

  • Online Homebuyer Education Certification Course

    FRAMEWORK™ Buying a home is a big deal. Do it right.

    Once upon a time, buying a home was simple. Today, the game has changed. Whether you’re buying for the first time or the fifth, you need to be more savvy, more proactive. With homebuyer education, you can be. It’s not just about buying a home—it’s about staying in it. Research shows that informed homebuyers are successful homeowners.

    Framework is the only online homebuyer course designed by experts in online learning. It’s comprehensive, so you’ll have all the facts you need to navigate every step of the buying process. And you can learn when, where, and how you like. It even works on your smartphone.

    To get started, Register Now online course Teach yourself, online Click here FRAMEWORK to get started.

    If you’d like to learn more first watch this short overview video about FRAMEWORK.

    Register our Framework online homebuyer course now, Click here.

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    Minneapolis classes are held on Phillips Community Center 2323 11th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55404. For more information or to sign up for a class, call (612) 724-0000. Before attending a flexible time home buyer education class.

    Alternate formats available upon request

    Home Stretch Workshop Details Class location, Direction, Maps and more Click here.

Register Home Stretch Classes NSP Approved (English) EVERYONE is welcome

February, 2017 Minneapolis:
February 25 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm register
March, 2017 Minneapolis:
March 25 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm register
April, 2017 Minneapolis:
April 22 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm register
May, 2017 Minneapolis:
May 27 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm register
June, 2017 Minneapolis:
June 24 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm register

If you are currently work-ing with a lender and need your HUD Approved Home-buyer Education Certificate please register.

Home buyer education classes are offered at flexible times to fit your schedule. Classes meet during the daytime, evenings and Saturday mornings. We also provide pre-purchase and post-purchase counseling.

To register Saturday class for $40, simply click on "Click Here to Register" next to one of the dates below (registration page opens in new window). We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, eCheck, and PayPal. For refund please cancel within 24 hours before class statrs or retake next classes without charge.

Scholarship and hardship fee waiver available for long-term pre-purchase counseling