HomeOwnership Center, Inc. Welcomes New Member to Board of Directors

HomeOwnership Center, Inc. is pleased to welcome Joseph Solberg to its Board of Directors.

Joe currently serves as the Interim Finance Manager of the City of Weston, WV, where he is responsible for the financial oversight of the city and manages its $3 million budget. Prior to this role, Joe worked as the Assistant Finance Director for the City of Weston. He enjoys grant writing and program development and has an interest in economic development and social services.

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HomeOwnership Center, Inc., Randolph County Housing Authority, Financial Opportunity Center Partnerships Lead to Home Ownership For Local Man

A determined local man was able to reach home ownership and establish financial security with the joint forces of the HomeOwnership Center, Inc. and Randolph County Housing Authority’s Section 8 Housing Program and Financial Opportunity Center.

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HomeOwnership Center Welcomes Graham Godwin to Board of Directors

The HomeOwnership Center is excited to welcome Upshur County native Graham Godwin to its Board of Directors. Godwin assumed the position of executive director for the Randolph County Housing Authority (RCHA) in January of this year after longtime executive director Karen Jacobson stepped down from her role.

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Longtime HOC Board Member to Leave Role in March

For the past 14 years, Karen Jacobson has served on the HOC Board of Directors, filling the role of board president for several years and board secretary as she steps down in March. Karen’s role on the HOC board served as an integral part in the HomeOwnership Center’s growth and has shown her dedication to our mission of supporting and educating folks of all income levels on the importance of financial stability and home ownership.

Thank you, Karen, for your hard work and commitment to HOC’s staff and customers.

NOTE: This interview was filmed in December of 2021.

Home Improvement Projects to Tackle this Summer


Ah, sweet summertime; a time to relax, explore the great outdoors and check chores off that to-do list.

Yep, summer can be the perfect time to start on those dreaded, but necessary home projects. Taking advantage of the warmer temperatures is also prime time to prepare your home for the winter months, whether it’s replacing pipes or upgrading drafty windows.

Here are some tasks you might consider adding to your summer list.

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Chris Vance joins the HomeOwnership Center as loan originator

The HomeOwnership Center, Inc. is excited to announce Tucker County native Chris Vance has joined the organization’s team as a loan originator. Chris recently passed the pre-licensed education course and is a now a licensed loan specialist.Christena Vance

As a loan originator, Chris will prepare and review applications and work directly with customers on specific loan products offered through HOC. She will also assist customers from the start of the house buying process until closing day.

Chris received her associates degree in business administration from Davis and Elkins College. For more than a decade, she has worked for a local law firm where she prepared for and performed real estate closings. Chris’s former experiences has helped her create professional relationships with local realtors.

Chris is looking forward to working with community members and helping our customers become successful homeowners.

“I’m excited to begin working closely with potential homebuyers and to be part of their journey of buying their first, or second, home,” she said. “Homeownership is such a thrilling time in a person’s life, and I’m more than willing to help find the perfect loan program that will make someone’s dream come true.”

Chris currently resides in Elkins with her husband Dave and two fur babies. She enjoys being outdoors and spending quality time with her family.

HOC awarded funding to further services

ELKINS, WV – The HomeOwnership Center, Inc., (HOC) is excited to announce it has received a $210,000 grant to assist its efforts to create successful homeowners and provide financial opportunities and affordable loans to potential homebuyers in an eight-county service area from NeighborWorks America. NeighborWorks is a public non-profit organization dedicated to housing and community development.

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HomeOwnership Center is hiring

Come work with a mission-based organization serving our communities for 22 years, and make a difference in our area by helping to create successful home owners!

The HomeOwnership Center, Inc. is looking for a part-time Marketing and Community Relations Coordinator who will be responsible for promoting and developing the HOC brand throughout its service area, for building partnerships and referral sources, and for attracting a pipeline of customers for HOC home buyer counseling and mortgage lending services.

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HomeOwnership Center Key Partner in New Programs

Two new programs that will help serve the residents of Randolph, Barbour, Tucker, Upshur and Lewis counties were launched during a virtual event on Thursday as Highland Community Builders introduced its new Financial Opportunity Center and Digital Navigator Program, aimed to aid citizens in many different areas of need.

Highland Community Builders has partnered with Rural LISC, the Randolph County Housing Authority and HomeOwnership Center to assist with the new programs, which were made possible through financial support from the Robert Wood Johnson/Benedum Foundation partnership.

“Our first step in putting this together was to reach out to the HomeOwnership Center as a key partner,” said Karen Jacobson, Highland Community Builders board member. “They have been providing home buyer education to individuals and households for over 20 years now. So their expertise is going to be really critical to our success.”

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