We believe that educating potential homeowners must be an “a to z” approach covering all aspects of the homeownership process. This holistic approach benefits future successful homeowners by offering them a fully supported, comprehensive curriculum tailored to their unique situations and helps them specifically navigate the challenges to owning a home.
Model Cities offers HomeStretch workshops in the classroom, Framework courses online, and one-on-one confidential Pre-Purchase Counseling for homebuyers.
**HUD approved Local Housing Counseling Agency (LHCA)
Housing Opportunities Made Equitable Collaborative (HOMECo)
In 2012, the HOMECo collaborative was formed in order to help combat the socioeconomic disparities that exist 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 Homeownership Capacity Program, a pilot initiative targeted towards supporting low-income renters and households of color with achieving homeownership, Model Cities provided 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.