Howard County to host “Housing Matters” mini-fair


— Howard County Housing will host its second annual “Housing Matters” Mini-Fair on Saturday, September 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Howard County Public School Conference Center at the Ascend One Building, 8930 Stanford Boulevard in Columbia.

This FREE event will showcase everything individuals and families need to know about homeownership and renting.The Mini-Fair will feature at least 12 educational sessions, highlighting some of the following topics: the role that credit scores and criminal background checks play in the approval process; lease compliance; qualifying for a mortgage; buying your first home (taught in English and Spanish); the settlement process; the role of insurance in housing stability and other relevant topics.

“We’ve received your requests and are proud to respond by offering our popular ‘Come Home to Howard County’ Housing Fair education sessions more than once a year with our ‘Housing Matters’ Mini-Fair in September,” said Tom Carbo, Howard County Housing Director. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of this great opportunity.”

The Mini-Fair also offers attendees the chance to speak with mortgage lenders, real estate and housing professionals. Among the organizations participating are: Consumer Credit Counseling Services; Lakeview Title Company; Pillar to Post Home Inspection; Bank of America; the Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development; the Maryland Insurance Administration; greeNEWIT; and Long & Foster. County personnel will also be available to answer questions about the programs and services that make Howard County such a great place to “come home to.”

In addition, attendees will be able to receive a free credit report and consultation and participate in prize drawings at 12:45 p.m. FREE childcare will be offered onsite courtesy of the County’s Department of Recreation & Parks.

For more information about the “Housing Matters” Mini-Fair and to register for education sessions visit