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Bii Gii Wiin Community Development Loan Fund (CDLF) is conducting an Introductory Homebuyer Workshop in Minneapolis
Buying a home seems more complicated than ever before and Bii Gii Wiin Community Development Loan Fund are taking the mystery out of buying a home for the American Indian community living in the Twin Cities.
Homeownership is a long-term financial investment that helps build assets. It is the primary wealth-building tool for most families. According to the 2002 Fannie Mae National Housing Survey, most families believe that buying a home has a lot of potential as an investment, and the majority of homeowners say that the value of their homes has increased at least a little since they owned them. Most families that rent, especially low and moderate-income families sometimes spend half
AICDC, a leader in providing New Home Development for American Indians is presenting...
The AICDC New Home Ownership Program
The AICDC New Home Ownership program is a unique way to bring homeownership within the reach of American Indian families who would like to live in South Minneapolis.
Sometimes on foot, sometimes on bike, Dr. Ken McMillan, M.D., delivers the most basic of primary care to patients on the streets of Minneapolis.
As director of Medical Services for the Kola Program, which also provides some social services and mental health care, Dr. Ken does everything from patching up wounds, to ordering prescription refills, to treating sore feet, to screening for hypertension and diabetes, to dealing with the consequences of chronic alcoholism and living on the street.
In 2002, former Time Magazine photographer, Al Bonanno went on a visual tour of some of the scattered homeless camps with Dr. Ken McMillan of the Kola Program. These images emerged from the tours and were created for AICDC to continue expanding homeless awareness.
AICDC, in partnership with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, developed affordable homeownership housing for the Mille Lacs urban members living in the Ventura Village neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Under the "Self-Sufficiency in Urban Indian Communities Initiative," this project is the first phase of the creation of more affordable homeownership opportunities for American Indian families living in the Ventura Village and Phillips communities.
Located on East Franklin Avenue between the Minneapolis Public Library (Franklin Branch) and the Minneapolis American Indian Center, AICDC developed 78 units of affordable housing in two new buildings. Many Rivers buildings feature three floors of housing and one story of commercial space and underground heated parking. The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe has partnered with AICDC to provide affordable housing to some of its urban members though a master lease of a number of units.
The housing advocacy program is designed to strengthen the American Indian community by offering opportunities to better the quality of life and health of Native Americans. Through an intake process, clients are interviewed to determine the services needed.
The typical client is a walk-in and services may include:
- Rental housing lists from HousingLink and area newspapers.
- Notary Public
- Voice Mail
If you would like more information or have questions, please contact us by phone at 612-813-1610 or email.