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New Effort Aims To Increase Home Ownership In Cumberland County

Posted March 14, 2002 3:13 a.m. EST

— One of Fayetteville's largest employers is working to help its employees live the American dream.

Black and Decker is the only Cumberland County employer to participate in a new effort that helps turn working families into first-time homeowners.

Carl Manning is coordinating the program, with the backing of city and county leaders, to launch the first employer-assisted home ownership effort.

"If everyone was paying their fair share, if everyone owned a home, it would definitely increase the tax base," Manning said.

Because of its large number of military renters, Cumberland County has one of the lowest home ownership rates in the state -- 59.7 percent compared to 69.4 percent in all of North Carolina.

The Black and Decker initiative will help an estimated 250 families become first-time homeowners. More employers are expected to be added to the list.