Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Educators Go on Tour of Homes in Springfield Organization, Bank Unite to Attract Buyers

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Educators Go on Tour of Homes in Springfield Organization, Bank Unite to Attract Buyers

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Byline: David Bauerlein, Times-Union staff writer

Teachers often take students on field trips, but in a role reversal, educators will be on the receiving end of a guided tour showing them homes they can buy in Springfield with zero down payment.

On Jan. 4, groups working to revive the historic, downtown-area neighborhood will provide rides on The Trolley, a bus that resembles a streetcar, through Springfield. The Trolley will run from 2 to 6 p.m.

The free tours are available to anyone, but Operation New Hope and Bank of America are making an extra pitch to educators. Bank of America offers a national loan program that lets public and private school teachers and administrators buy homes without a down payment.

"What we're really trying to do is hail this as a tribute to a group of heroes," said Kevin Gay, director of Operation New Hope, a subsidiary of Fresh Ministries. "They go to ground zero every day."

The Trolley, which is operated by the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, will pick up riders at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, located at 215 Bethel Baptist St. …

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