IT TAKES A VILLAGE COOPERATIVE HOUSING
Since November 2017 we have educated 55 Black women on home ownership, graduated 43 of those women in which 5 from our Fall home buyer’s classes has closed on their homes.
In taking a deeper look at the women within our home owners classes we discovered the need to redefine housing for Black women that better suits their family sizes and social economic realities. We saw a need for Cooperative Housing as our core strategy in helping to stabilize and build upper mobility within black families. Opening the idea of cooperative housing arrangements as a viable living arrangement extended the home owner possibilities to the women we work with. We saw women who were ready to be home owners and women who just wanted stable housing that was affordable and a pathway to ownership over time. Most of all we saw women who desired a new way to build a good quality of life for themselves and their families with housing at the core.
It Takes a Village Cooperative Housing grew our housing experiences with Black women and we’re rebuilding a Cooperative Housing community among Historical Black women. Cooperative Housing that serves the diverse housing needs of Black women by providing inter-generational home ownership, rental and co-housing opportunities.
Our Cooperative housing framework is rooted in the history of African American Cooperatives. Cooperatives played and continue to play a significant role in social and economic development in the Black community. From financial independence of Black Wall Street and desegregated housing through the United States, to small farmer empowerment and food security in the South, cooperatives have been and are an integral part of the Black experience. The existence of this cultural reality has often been silenced.
WHY IS IT TAKES A VILLAGE COOPERATIVE HOUSING IS NECESSARY?
Black women need to build assets and are striving to build good quality lives for themselves and their families. In Minnesota Black women make up nearly 80% of the primary breadwinners of their households despite marital status, have the largest household sizes next to white women and are striving to build new incomes streams by leading Minnesota’s new business starts. At the same time these women are finding it difficult to find affordable rental and home ownership opportunities. African Americans in Minnesota make up less than 23% of home owners and are currently faced with intense housing pressure that is resulting in being priced and gentrified out of their cultural communities. Another solution and clear pathway is needed, It Takes A Village Cooperative Housing responds to the housing needs of Black women.
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