HUNTSVILLE, Ala - Life was much different for Connie Solomon just a year ago.
"I got divorced and walked away with not very much," said Solomon.
After being a stay-at-home mom for years, Connie went back to work. She worked an hourly job, living paycheck to paycheck.
"I always dreamed of having my home, but the idea of raising a down payment was impossible," Solomon said.
That is until Connie found out there was a city program to help her with a down payment and much more. Part of the program is educating new homeowners and renters. Experts teach classes to make sure those entering the affordable housing market understand the responsibility of owning or renting a home.
Knowledge isn't all Connie gained when she became part of the affordable housing market. She is saving quite a bit of money. Connie pays about a third less to own a home versus renting an apartment.
If you are in a similar situation or would like more information on how to lower your living costs, the City of Huntsville wants to help.
There's a free expo on Saturday, November 12 at the Stone Event Center at Campus 805, located at 2620 Clinton Ave West, Huntsville, AL 35805. More than 100 experts will be there to answer your questions from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.