At Esperanza, we know that stable housing is a key part of community transformation and gives families the foundation upon which to build success in other areas of their lives.  A home is more than just a roof over someone’s head, or shelter: a home is critical to the physical, emotional, and psychological well-being of families; the place where they build strong relationships; and the place from which they can thrive in their education and careers.

For nearly two decades, we have been helping people find “a place to call home” through our housing counseling services.

Successful Stories

Sherrell Leland. Leland had been renting from The Philadelphia Housing Authority scattered sites for more than 5 years. On November 2015, determined to fulfill her dream of being a home owner she came to Esperanza for housing counseling in order to buy her first home. She was very eager to learn how the process works and what documentation she needed to provide to start on the right foot. Leland got approval from the American Heritage Federal Credit Union but did not have all the closing costs to complete the home purchase.

Esperanza’s Housing Counseling worked with their partner organization CEIBA and their IDA Matching Savings program where participants get $2 for every $1 they save for closing costs and down payment. Meanwhile, Leland attended monthly workshops for first time buyers and several sessions throughout the year to prepare for the process.

On June 2016, Leland fulfilled her dream and can finally say “there is no place like home.” Both Esperanza’s Housing Counseling program and the Director of IDA’s Housing Counseling assisted her with settlement.

Our Staff

Maria Iannarelli

Housing Executive Director

Maribel Blas

Housing Counselor

Maria Isabel Ramos

Housing Counselor

Jenniffer Ruiz

Housing Administrative Assistant

Carolina Bautista

Housing Counselor