Breaking the Barriers
Rita has been instrumental in helping ensure that Habitat Philadelphia’s work points towards Advancing Black Homeownership in our city and believes we are ahead of the game. For example, in the last year, we adjusted the sweat equity hours families are required to commit to complete the Homeownership Program, from 350 to 150 hours, because we believed it was a barrier of time. With the change, families are still able to receive the education they need and be prepared to become homeowners. In addition, through our Neighborhood Revitilizaiton work we have intentional conversations with the neighborhood residents living in the communities we are building in.
“I’m really proud that we try to be partners in these communities – we have the forethought to engage with residents, listen to understand and allow people to be a part of the process of what’s changing their community,” Rita says.