Citizens Bank Foundation Grant Expands Affordable Homeownership Programs[Burlington, VT] More than 13,000 Vermonters would qualify for a home mortgage but need help finding affordable homes and financial assistance. Thanks to a significant Citizens Bank Foundation grant contribution, hundreds of low and moderate income Vermonters will be able to attain affordable homeownership with home buyer education and financial assistance.The Citizens Bank Foundation is contributing $100,000 to the NeighborWorks® Homeownership Centers of Vermont through the Vermont Homeownership Initiative campaign.Jim Keyes, President of Citizens Bank, explained, Citizens Bank is proud to support such a vital program. Buying a home is often a familys largest investment, creating strong community connections and improving financial security. Vermont Homeownership Initiative forms a great public-private partnership to expand homeownership opportunities. In Vermont, Citizens Bank operates as Charter One Bank. The Citizens Bank Foundation’s support focuses on housing, community development and basic human needs.The Vermont Homeownership Initiative is a three-year $1 million campaign among Vermonts five NeighborWorks® Homeownership Centers to increase the number of low and moderate-income homeowners in Vermont by providing financial and homebuyer education.Citizens Bank Foundation is the principal charitable contributions vehicle of CitizensFinancial Group, Citizens Bank and Charter One Bank, N.A. Citizens Financial Group, Inc. A subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., Charter One Bank, N.A. is a $49 billion bank operating in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, New York and Vermont.For more information about the Vermont Homeownership Initiative, please contact Liz Curry, campaign coordinator, at 802-660-8056.