HOME Program

The Unifour Consortium has a membership of all 28 units of local government located in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties. These governments joined together in 1996 to be eligible to receive HOME funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In order to assist as many families as possible the Consortium developed a down payment assistance program for first time homebuyers.

Nine lending institutions have joined to assist the Consortium by providing first mortgages and waiving some fees. These lenders have provided over $90 million dollars to first time homebuyers.

Since its inception in 1996, 1,121 low and moderate-income families have purchased their first homes as a result of this program. To date, the total funding received from the HOME program is $8,641,184.

In 1999 this program was awarded a “Best Practices Award” by the Office of Housing and Urban Development.

For more information, please contact Rick Oxford at the Western Piedmont Council of Governments number listed below or download the information in the " Home Buyers Assistance Program" link below. For additional information about housing, visit the HUD website.

Community Development

Jennifer Cannon
Community Development Administrator (Part Time)
828-485-4250   Ext. 250
Rick Oxford
Community Development Administrator
828-485-4245   Ext. 245

Please note: Phone numbers listed are direct lines. The use of the extension is only required when dialing the main WPCOG phone number

(828) 322-9191.

Homebuyers Assistance Plan

2013 Unifour Consortium Action Plan

2013 Lenoir Action Plan for CDBG