The 2017 Northern Virginia Housing Expo will be held this year on Saturday, March 18, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Dominion High School at 21326 Augusta Drive in Sterling in Loudoun County.

The expo, which rotates location in the Northern Virginia area every year, is aimed at helping people with the challenges of finding housing across the region, said the county’s Housing and Community Development Director Bill Lake. “The purpose of the housing expo is to provide information to people that are looking to rent or to buy in the Northern Virginia area. At the housing expo, they will have sponsors that can answer these questions for people and prepare them for renting or home ownership.”

“The fair will also have workshops that are designed to help people understand what is needed budget-wise to purchase a home or to rent an apartment,” Lake said.

Workshops at the expo will include: “Are you Ready to Rent,” “Are You Ready to Buy,” “The ABCs of Credit Scores,” “Rental and Home Buying Market Overviews,” and “Household Finance.”

In addition to the workshops, people who attend the expo will also have the chance to get one-on-one consultations designed to help them get where they want to be and live in Northern Virginia, whether they prefer to rent or buy. There will also be free, 30-minute, one-on-one credit counseling services.

Information on other important assistance programs will also be available at the expo, Lake said. “We’re also going to be featuring local down payment and closing cost assistance programs that are available through local county governments throughout the Northern Virginia region.”

The 7th-annual event will be hosted by the AHOME Foundation with cooperation from Prince William, Arlington, Loudoun and Fairfax counties, the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church, and the Town of Herndon, with assistance from the Virginia Housing Development Authority.

“It’s available to the public. It’s free of charge, so everyone should go out and take advantage of it,” Lake said of the expo.

Visit the county’s Office of Housing and Community Development’s website for more information about the expo and other housing services in Prince William County; or visit www.novahousingexpo.org for more information on the expo.