Model Cities believes that to educate successful homeowners they must take an “a to z” approach covering all aspects of the home ownership process spectrum. This holistic approach benefits future successful homeowners by offering them a fully supported, thoroughly educated curriculum tailored to their unique situations and helps them specifically navigate the challenges they face as they encounter them and, in time, learn to anticipate them.
Model Cities offers both Homebuyer Workshops as well as one-on-one, confidential Prepurchase Counseling. Homebuyer Workshops are offered in both a classroom setting through our HomeStretch workshops, or via an online course known as Framework.
Housing Opportunities Made Equitable Collaborative (HOMECo)
People of color, especially African-American households, are most marginalized when it comes to building housing security and sustainable personal assets. In 2012, the HOMECo collaborative was formed in order to help combat the wealth and economic disparities that continue to grow in our community. The collaborative is currently made up of four community nonprofit partners: Aurora/St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation (ASANDC); Build Wealth Minnesota (BWM); Camphor Fiscally Fit Center; and Model Cities. Together these four distinguished organizations represent more than 80 years of community service in the Twin Cities. Our mission is to create opportunities for wealth creation among populations of color through advocacy, financial education and the development of comprehensive housing solutions.
In keeping with our mission to “promote social and economic prosperity by providing access to opportunities that develop and stabilize families and communities, Model Cities has been actively involved to carry out the mission and goals of HOMECo. In 2015, through funding received from Minnesota Housing’s Homeowner-ship Capacity Program, a pilot initiative targeted towards support-ing low-income renters and house-holds of color with achieving homeownership, Model Cities pro-vided 21 households of color with comprehensive one-on-one home-buyer counseling services.
Minnesota Conversations with Commissioner Kevin Lindsey, Nieeta Presley, Executive Director of the Aurora/St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation and Beverley Oliver Hawkins, CEO of Model Cities, discuss how their organizations help provide homeownership opportunities to low and moderate income families.
This video was posted with permission from the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. The original is found here: http://www.mn.gov/mdhr/news-community/videos/chatcasts/chatcasts-presley-hawkins.jsp.