Philly first-time homebuyer program helps more than 100 families in first month

From: KYW News Radio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia’s expanded program to help first-time homebuyers is off to a running start. In its first month, more than 100 people have used the program to become homeowners, and the process is proving surprisingly easy to navigate.

Six years ago, Angela Kraddock was homeless. Last month, she bought her own home.

She remembers distinctly when she became determined to own her own home.

“It was March the fourth, 2013. I was homeless on the street. I was tired of being homeless,” she said.

Kraddock turned her life around and spent years saving every penny from her housekeeping job at Jefferson.

Her stunning turnaround involves recovery, hard work, discipline and drive, but for the final hurdle — the actual home purchase — she gives a nod to the Philly First Home program.

“The price of the house went down, the price of the mortgage. It was great!” Kraddock said.

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