BUFFALO, N.Y., August 1, 2013 – The First Niagara Foundation and Niagara Falls Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. are partnering to provide educational support for first time home buyers in Niagara Falls.
The free home ownership classes will offer information on financial planning for home purchases, credit issues and foreclosure prevention. The First Niagara Foundation is providing a $5,000 grant to fund the program to provide first time homebuyers with access to financial education and personal credit management tools.

“First Niagara believes in making our community a better place by working to revitalize our neighborhoods,” said Buford Sears, First Niagara Buffalo Market Executive. “We join with Niagara Falls Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. to help families realize their dreams of home ownership – and build a foundation to support the future success of the entire Niagara region.”

Janet Billingslea is a client of Niagara Falls Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. who recently purchased her first home with the organization’s guidance. She noted, “I was blessed to find them, and now I have a beautiful home.”

Niagara Falls Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. focuses on improving the quality and stability of the housing stock in local neighborhoods by providing new home ownership opportunities for families.

About The First Niagara Foundation
First Niagara Foundation is a not for profit corporation founded in 1998. The Foundation is committed to supporting organizations in the communities in which we live and work with specific focus on youth and education, community development and neighborhood revitalization. In 2012 the Foundation contributed more than $10 million in charitable grants to community partners. For more information, visit www.firstniagara.com/community.

About First Niagara
First Niagara, through its wholly owned subsidiary, First Niagara Bank, N.A., is a multi-state community-oriented bank with approximately 420 branches, approximately $37 billion in assets, $27 billion in deposits, and approximately 6,000 employees providing financial services to individuals, families and businesses across Upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.firstniagara.com.For more information, visit www.firstniagara.com.