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We Are Step Up Acadiana
We are a home buyer counseling and education agency. We hold first time home buyer workshops; we counsel clients one-on-one who are ready to buy their first homes as well as those who are at risk of losing their home to foreclosure. Counseling sessions include individualized budgeting, savings planning, credit score improvement, tracking daily spending, etc.
We also counsel post-purchase clients who simply need help getting back on track with their finances or credit. In addition to our homebuyer education and counseling components, we also provide financial literacy programs/workshops for high school students and adults.
Founder / Executive Director
Founder / Executive DirectorKevin Davis is a native of New Orleans who evacuated to Lafayette after Hurricane Katrina. He was a realtor and associate broker with Coldwell Banker until 2016 when he began his own real estate company, Sky Universal Realty. Kevin has always had a passion for working with first-time home buyers. In 2015, he developed the Affordable Housing Program for SMILE Community Action Agency. He has since become a HUD-Certified Housing Counselor and has many other housing-related certifications. In 2016, Kevin founded Step Up Acadiana. He is passionate about his non-profit agency, often putting his own resources into the agency. He is a font of knowledge regarding anything mortgage, housing or real-estate related.
VITA CoordinatorI am a retired Business Educator and have enjoyed over 23 years of teaching adults and young people on all educational levels: technical college, community college, university, and high school. For about 9 years, I have participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) as a tax preparer and site coordinator for the northside residents of Lafayette and other surrounding areas. I have been working with community service organizations for the majority of my adult life and I love helping others.
Emily Huval has lived in Acadiana most of her adult life, but she was raised in Pineville, Louisiana. She came down here in 1994 to pursue a bachelors degree at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She has a BA and an MS in Communication. Emily met Kevin while they both worked at Coldwell Banker. Eventually, she became his assistant a few years later before transitioning to solely doing housing counseling work. She is now a HUD-certified housing counselor and has been helping people buy their first homes or save their homes from foreclosure since 2015. She is also an instructor for First Time Home Buyer Education Workshops. She currently owns her own home which she shares with her husband, her daughter, two stinky dogs and one rotten cat.
How Does This Program Work?
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