A New Homeownership and Financial Wellness Powerhouse

Graceworks Lutheran Services’ Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) has offered consumer finance education,  credit counseling, and debt management programs since 1980. County Corp’s The HomeOwnership Center provides homeownership counseling, down payment assistance programs, foreclosure prevention programs, and personal finance education. So, what would happen if you were to combine these two resources for the Dayton region into one organization? We’re about to find out!

Beginning in December 2018,  CCCS will become a service of The HomeOwnership Center. The expanded organization will become a stronger financial and housing resource for the people living in our region. The combined organization will be located within the County Corp headquarters found at 130 W. Second Street, Dayton.  However, a satellite CCCS office will be retained in Springfield.

“County Corp is very excited to be bringing the CCCS program into The HomeOwnership Center,” said County Corp President Steve Naas. “Most importantly, we believe it is critical that counseling resources are retained for households and families in our area. With this addition, County Corp will be the leading provider of financial education and housing counseling in the greater Dayton area.”



The Homeownership Center Joins County Corp!

The HomeOwnership Center and County Corp have big news for you!

County Corp expanded its portfolio of community strengthening services on January 1, 2017 by assuming the role of managing member of The HomeOwnership Center of Greater Dayton. Prior to this date, this role was held by St. Mary Development Corporation.

For over thirty-six years, County Corp has been building stronger communities across the Greater Dayton region with a mix of programs that provide safe, affordable housing and facilitate small business growth. The HomeOwnership Center of Greater Dayton has built a reputation for improving the stability of the region’s housing market by providing homebuyers access to valuable financial education, unique lending programs, down payment assistance, and foreclosure prevention.

As a result of this affiliation, both companies will now share resources and complementary infrastructure. This will reduce redundancies in program offerings from both organizations while retaining all staff. Julie Deacon has been named the Executive Director of The HomeOwnership Center, and will report to Steve Naas, President of County Corp.

“We are thrilled with this new partnership,” said Deacon. “Our team will stay together while benefitting from the additional resources provided by County Corp to provide even more benefits to homeowners and homebuyers. It’s a win-win partnership, not just for our organizations, but for the communities we serve.”

“I’m pleased to welcome The HomeOwnership Center of Greater Dayton to the County Corp family,” said Naas. “It’s a great fit that increases efficiency while also creating some exciting new opportunities for growth. We respect the team over there and the work that they do. It’s deeply satisfying to know that we will be able to help even more people gain sustainable access to safe, affordable housing across the Dayton region.”

Going forward, the organizations plan to offer innovative and creative new residential and small business products and services that will help their clients and the communities they serve succeed. Currently, The HomeOwnership Center staff will continue to be available to local homebuyers and homeowners at the existing 205 East First Street location in Dayton.



County Corp been helping the residents of the Greater Dayton Region improve their homes and has also helped local businesses expand. It does this through core programs affiliated with the agency. These programs include The Housing Source , which provides mortgage relief and foreclosure intervention services, home ownership and rental opportunities, home repair and down payment assistance grants, and affordable housing tax credit developments. The second program is Bizcap , its small business lending products that provides small businesses the capital they need to grow in the Dayton region. In addition, County Corp is managing member of The HomeOwnership Center , which helps homeowners and homebuyers finance new homes or stay in their current homes.