Wider Path Home Grant Recipients Are in Hot Pursuit of a Home!
Wider Path Home Foundation (WPH) is proud to award its first down payment grant to the Solomon family. Takaya Solomon, a single mom from Nashua, New Hampshire, was over the moon. “I can’t express how much I appreciate this grant. It has overwhelmed me with a feeling of kindness,” Takaya said. “I feel totally blessed.”
Embrace Home Loans, a top-ranked national lender, founded WPH in 2021 to promote affordable homeownership through education, community development, and down payment assistance. WPH focuses on groups who have been historically restricted from the housing market.
23XI Racing, owned by former NBA legend Michael Jordan and three-time Dayton 500 winner Denny Hamlin, has partnered with Embrace this season and is helping the foundation fund 23 down payment assistance grants to qualified first-time homebuyers.
Bubba Wallace, a 23XI driver, vocal advocate, and sponsor for the foundation, proudly brandishes the WPH logo on his race car. “I am incredibly honored to partner with the Wider Path Home Foundation and help increase homeownership in communities that have long been unjustly prevented from accessing safe, sustainable, and affordable housing,” Wallace said.
Education is a critical component in driving change in our communities. Grant-winner Takaya explained that because her parents never owned their own home, she didn’t know anything about the process and had no idea that it was even possible for her. “Not until I knew better could I do better,” she said.
With home buying courses and help from New Hampshire Housing, Takaya learned how to build up her credit, create a budget, and take the necessary steps to get approved for a mortgage. And after three years of preparation, there was only one barrier left — a down payment. Her $11,000 grant from WPH took care of that obstacle.
Today, Takaya and her two children are looking at homes and racing toward the finish line. They couldn’t be more revved up and grateful. “To me, generational wealth means a lot more than money,” Takaya explained. “It means having the knowledge to get to the next level — and my kids now have this knowledge.”
At the end of July, the second WPH grant was awarded at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the most recent winner was awarded at Richmond Raceway, a little over a week ago — there are 20 more winners to come! To watch Takaya’s video or apply for a grant, stop by https://www.widerpathhome.com/wphchanllenge.
About Embrace Home Loans
Founded in 1983, Embrace Home Loans is a prominent mortgage lender that provides borrowers and financial institutions with an exceptional mortgage experience. Licensed in 50 states and the District of Columbia, Embrace has been recognized seven times as one of the Best Medium-sized Companies to Work for in America by Fortune and by Inc. magazine. The company has also been recognized 14 times as one of the Best Places to Work in Rhode Island, as the Most Community Involved Company in Rhode Island, and is the recipient of the Leadership Excellence Award by Providence Business News. The company is based in Middletown, Rhode Island. For more information, please visit www.embracehomeloans.com.