RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) -- If you work in a community, you should be able to live in that community. That was the message in Raleigh this morning.
State legislators discussed a new Workforce Housing pilot program. The program will help low-income employees buy a home. Police officers, firefighters, teachers and nurses are some professions eligible for the pilot program.
Brunswick County's Association of Homeowners director Ben Styers says buying a home should be an option for everyone.
"People do want to have part of their livelihood that they can see," Styers said. "It's a piece of what I work for: my home. They're proud of that. This program will allow them to work around some of the issues that are keeping people from buying homes."
The program will try to help homebuyers with everything from assistance with down payments to home renovations. It's available to those looking to buy homes in Wilmington, Asheville and Raleigh.