Our Founder ~ Dina Harris
Dina Harris is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of National Faith Homebuyers. Thanks to her experience in the public housing sector and dedication to clients, National Faith HomeBuyers has helped over 5,000 families purchase homes or continue to stay in their home since the program’s founding in 1996.
Harris has more than 40 years of experience in the housing industry. She has served as a director of the Washtenaw Home Buyers Program and Faith Community Homebuyers prior to founding National Faith HomeBuyers.
Before starting National Faith, Ms. Harris studied marketing and business administration at Washtenaw County Community College and Western Michigan University. In 2006, she completed the Harvard School of Divinity Community Leadership Program in Boston.
Ms. Harris has worked in public housing for over 20 years as a deputy director and executive director. Some of Ms. Harris’s most notable achievements include:
- Creation of a section 8 program and an award-winning drug elimination program in Washtenaw County.
- First recipient of the Courage Award by the Secretary of Faith Housing at HUD
- Developed and sold over 500 affordable single–family homes since the development of National Faith HomeBuyers in 2011
- Recognition of National Faith by the Congressional Black Caucus
Under Ms. Harris’ leadership, National Faith Homebuyers has managed a federal HOME and NSP down payment program on behalf of Wayne County government. She has successfully managed this program from 2002 to 2017 and has spent all funds allocated for the program. She has also supported and managed down payment programs in partnership with local and national banks.
Ms. Harris continues to design and implement model programs that can be replicated across the nation. These programs help families succeed.
Like everyone at National Faith, Ms. Harris is here and ready to empower you to take charge of homeownership and avoid foreclosure. Her experience and leadership in the housing industry is invaluable to all her clients. You will benefit from her expertise in housing and passion for helping others.
When Ms. Harris started National Faith HomeBuyers in Washtenaw County, Michigan, her goal was simple: to assist people who needed extra help in the homebuying process.
The Washtenaw HomeBuyers Program, as it was called, grew so much that Ms. Harris expanded the operation into neighboring Wayne County. The program, now called National Faith HomeBuyers to include the whole country, still has the same mission: to help people achieve the American Dream of homeownership.
National Faith HomeBuyers is headquartered in Detroit, but has additional offices in Westland, Michigan, and Atlanta, Georgia. It offers down payment assistance, foreclosure prevention assistance, first time homebuyer counseling and more.
National Faith works hard to provide housing opportunities for everyone, and Ms. Harris leads the way in that crusade. Ms. Harris continues to design and implement successful housing models that are replicable nationally for successful homeownership.
To create successful homebuyers programs, Ms. Harris has partnered with national banks, churches, non-profit organizations, local governments, HUD, Fannie Mae and National Community Stabilization Trust. Some most notable partnerships include Little Caesar’s Pizza and the Detroit Pistons.
Become a part of Ms. Harris’ vision. We’re ready to help you achieve your dream of purchasing and staying in your home. To learn more about National Faith, call (313) 255-9500 or fill out our contact form.