A New Homeowner

December 31, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

“I get to live affordably with a stable place for my kids and I get to invest in the community. It’s a win, win, win,” said the CLCLT’s newest homeowner, Tiffany Enriquez. Tiffany purchased her South Minneapolis home this past July.

Tiffany is originally from Minneapolis and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Art for Social Change, a major she designed herself. Passionate about art, she wanted a career that would involve art and also create positive change in the world. After graduating, Tiffany became a K-6 art teacher in Phoenix, AZ as a part of the Teach for America program.

Through Teach for America she received her teacher certification and after completing the program, she moved back to Minneapolis to work for the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA), an educational organization dedicated to social justice. Tiffany has since changed jobs and is working full time for El Colegio Charter School as their College and Career Transition Center. “It’s my dream job,” says Tiffany. Working with students directly, Tiffany prepares them for life after high school by assisting them with their resumes, attending college tours, finding scholarships, and after-school employment.

A perk of Tiffany’s new home is that she is able to bike to work. “For me, it’s perfect,” said Tiffany about her house. Emiliano (4) and Salvador (2), her two sons, are especially excited about their new home. Tiffany commented that Emiliano wraps his arms around her every other day and tells her “Thank you for my new house, Mommy.”

Tiffany was originally intrigued by the land trust because she could own a home for cheaper than renting. In addition, it was the only housing situation she could find where she could afford to live with just her two sons. She also feels strongly about the mission of the CLCLT. “This is an incredible situation to live within your means and pass on the wealth to the future, whether it’s my kids or someone else.”

Even though it’s only been a few weeks since her closing, Tiffany has already been busy working on her home. Additional rehab work will take place through the CLCLT funded by the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

It already feels like home though to Tiffany and her family. After her sons spent five days with their grandma while Tiffany moved in and organized, she said, “It was magic when they came home.”

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One Response to “A New Homeowner”
  1. Rose says:

    Congratulations Tiffany and CLCLT! This is a great homeowner story! It would be great to hear a story of a house that has been "passed down" from one family to another as well!

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