As Black History Month concluded two of the most influential organizations within the Black community announced a partnership that would help create home ownership in Black America especially among the young. With an opportunity to educate and bring awareness of the falling numbers of black home ownership in America Bethune-Cookman University in conjunction with the Orlando Chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers will host a State of Housing in Black America (SHIBA) on Friday, April 15th at 10am for students on the Bethune-Cookman University Campus.
The focus will be on the “Importance of Black Home Ownership and How it Affects Our Communities” headlined by Keynote speaker Michael A. Grant, J.D., President of the National Bankers Association. The address will help bring the focus back on wealth building in the black community both through the purchase of a home as well as real estate as a career. “We want the black community especially young college age students to know that there is a place for them in this nation and it starts with home ownership,” states Colleen Coke, Vice President of the NAREB Orlando Chapter.
Those who may have struggled with home ownership in the past are encouraged to attend as real estate professionals will be on hand to pledge a commitment to help everyone seeking to be a home owner accomplish that dream within the next two years. Assistance will be available in the form of free credit repair, financial wellness courses, home maintenance and down payment assistance information.
“We hope that this will be a catalyst for other partnerships with HBCUs across the nation to help our young people understand that there is value in homeownership,” states Aaron Mighty, President of NAREB Orlando and Founder of the advocacy site BlackHomeOwnership.org
To learn more about events at Bethune-Cookman University visit: www.Cookman.edu
To learn more about the National Association of Real Estate Brokers visit: www.NAREB.com