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Akwesasne Mohawk Veteran Signs First On-Territory VA Housing Loan
Mr. Phillips began his loan application with the VA after having begun a loan
application through HUD’s Section 184 Home Guarantee Loan Program, but thought
he may receive a more competitive interest rate with the VA. Indeed, he
qualified, and the rate he received saved him 1.5%, plus there is no down
payment requirement. With the AHA’s assistance, Mr. Phillips submitted his
paperwork to the VA’s Tribal Affairs office in Cleveland, Ohio. Within six
months, he received his final approval, and is well on his way to securing his
modular home purchase with Plattsburgh Housing, and will hire the firm to
complete the setting of his home on his property. Closing is slated for early
When asked if he was at all concerned that this program may not fit the housing
needs of his family, Dennis replied, “No, because I believe in the benefits I am
entitled to as part of my service [in the military].”
Dennis also expressed that the process was not difficult “as long as you
follow the step-by-step procedures”.
Dennis stated that the hardest thing about applying for this loan was to track
down his DD214, but he received assistance through the Franklin County Office of
Veterans Affairs, Ms. Bonnie Stewart, who helped him receive his complete DD214
(Certificate of Release/Discharge) and his COE (Certificate of Eligibility),
which are absolute requirements by the VA to apply for a direct loan. His advice
to other would-be applicants for the NADL Program was to ask questions to those
who can help. He worked closely with
Mr. Mark Jamison, from the Regional VA Office in Cleveland, who was available to
him any time he called.
Mr. Dennis Phillips and family will move into their new home in early Fall.
After the signing of his agreement, he received many handshakes and a
loud round of applause. The AHA is
thrilled to have assisted Mr. Phillips with his VA loan. Congratulations to him
and his family!
Other Akwesasne Veterans can make inquiries to the AHA to start the process and receive assistance in applying for their loan. Retha Herne stated,”We are hopeful that more Akwesasne Veterans take advantage of this program that is finally available here in Akwesasne”. Akwesasne Veterans wishing to look into the program can check out the website of the Veterans Affairs: www.homeloans.va.gov.
Copies of the SRMT/VA MOU are also available, and AHA can assist most Akwesasne Veterans with this process. Contact AHA staff at 518-358-9020.
Photo Caption: Left to right: Ms. Retha M. Herne (AHA Executive Director), Ms. Barbara Lazore (AHA Commissioner), Mr. Norman Tarbell (AHA Commissioner), Mr. Arnold Gray (Post 1479 Legionnaire), Mr. Mike Cook (Commander, Legion Post 1479), Mr. Dennis Phillips (USMC/seated), Mr. Jeff Johnson (Post 1479 Legionnaire), Judge Peter J. Herne (USMC/Chief Judge SRMT), Ms. Sheila Loran (AHA Commissioner), Mr. Ronald P. Cook (AHA Chairman), and Mrs. Loveday McDonald (AHA Commissioner).
Akwesasne Housing Authority (AHA) is a Tribally Designated Housing Entity created by the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council Inc, on July 19, 1984.The mission of the Akwesasne Housing Authority and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is to develop a comprehensive housing program that will address the needs of all Mohawks living on and around our designated Indian area. We will seek to generate and promote community strength and prosperity through safe housing, supportive ventures, economic development, and program efficiency. In the spirit of this mission, we will strive to protect and educate our future generations.
Akwesasne Housing Authority
378 State Route 37 Suite A
Hogansburg, NY 13655
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