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Priya Bhatia, Director of Lending and Rehab, sees links between her past careers and her work at ACTS Housing. The strongest link is that, similar to past roles, she empowers families to achieve their American dream.
The former immigration attorney worked with families to obtain their visas and says it’s similar to families purchasing their first home.
“I would help them navigate what can be a very intimidating process with an end result that makes a real impact on their lives,” she said of her time working in immigration. “I see parallels between that and what ACTS does.”
She found out about ACTS Housing through a lawyer friend who transitioned to nonprofit management and met and kept in touch with Michael Gosman.
“I was very impressed with ACTS and excited about the mission,” she said.
As Director of Lending and Rehab, Priya oversees the operations of the rehab counseling team and the operations of ACTS Housing’s subsidiary ACTS Lending.
ACTS Lending, established in 2014, provides homebuyers with a loan product if they don’t qualify for financing through traditional bank offerings.
She said ACTS creates opportunities for others to succeed by providing education whether it be financial or on how to do a renovation.
Priya can relate to that as well having done her own home rehab. Although she worked with a general contractor, she still had a ton of questions and had to do a lot of research.
“I find a lot of value in our rehab counselors and their advising homeowners to get the job done efficiently, safely and in the right order,” she said.
In the end she says the homeowner rehab process is all worth it. Much like it was for her.
“I have a home that I feel is really mine,” she said. “I feel it’s the same as families at ACTS who put in a lot of sweat equity.”