Gov. Pat Quinn's crusade to give returning veterans a helping hand continues with the Welcome Home Heroes program, which he celebrated with a young Navy veteran who is now a new homeowner. The program boasts down payment assistance, low interest rates, and a mortgage tax credit. More than a thousand veterans have participated.
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“I don't have enough money to generate the down payment to buy a house as comfortable as this house,” said Jonas Harger. “Having this program and having the support of Illinois and the federal veterans' assistance program – that backing allowed us to convince (the lender) to give us our mortgage.” The program is part of the Illinois Housing Development Authority.
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