Monday, April 11, 2011

Empowerment through Housing and Family Involvement

David Blake Lucas, a Housing Counselor with Kingdom Community Development Corp., and former AmeriCorps*VISTA, shares his favorite story from when he was a housing counselor in Boston, MA.

As a housing counselor with Welfare to Work in Boston MA, Blake supported a single mother in finding housing in Canton, MA, an extremely wealthy, upper middle and upper class area just south of Boston, with a Section 8 voucher. He learned, years later, this was a gateway to continued life success.

The second part to the video is about the benefits (and necessity) of complete family involvement in the home ownership process. He shares stories from his work with Habitat for Humanity, and how they were able to get even the youngest of children involved (through non building ventures).

Andriana Bicanin
New Century IDA