The Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals is hosting the first Hawaii VA Housing Summit on Saturday to help local veterans and active duty members learn about free government funding for home buyers.

“Most veterans and active duty have no idea about the many financial assistance programs that can get them into a home for less than they are paying in rent,” the organization said in a press release. “They also don’t know where or how to apply. This free Housing Summit will educate them on that.”

Pearl Harbor military veterans

U.S. Army Air Corps veteran Louis Roffman bows his head in prayer before the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam remembrance ceremony on Dec. 7, 2011.

Courtesy of U.S. Army

Hawaii has one of the largest military populations of any state, but relatively few military service members take advantage of veterans programs, the organization said.

The workshop will provide military service members an opportunity to apply for housing assistance and receive a certificate of eligibility that helps them qualify for home loans.

The event will take place Saturday from 9:30a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oahu Veterans Center (Foster Village), 1298 Kukila St., Honolulu.

Click here to register.

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