October 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Minneapolis has been calling CLCLT homeowner, Jordan Dockendorf, for as long as she can remember. Now she is a Minneapolis resident and a homeowner! Jordan purchased her home at the Hope Community Court this past summer and said, “I love Minneapolis. It’s bike-able, walkable, and has great transit, community, and diversity.”

Jordan, now 29, grew up in St. Cloud, Minnesota and then went to the University of Minnesota in Duluth where she majored in Psychology with a minor in Foreign Studies. From there, she went straight to graduate school at St. Cloud State originally focusing her studies on Mental Health Counseling. While at school she had the opportunity to work with an after-school program at an elementary school and realized she wanted to be a school counselor. Jordan decided to stay in school a bit longer going part-time while working full-time at an Employment Center in Monticello. When she completed her schooling she received master’s degrees in the two disciplines. After graduating she moved to rural Minnesota where she worked as a school counselor. Jordan loved it but had a strong desire to be in an urban setting, so she decided to move back to Monticello and continue her work at the Employment Center.

In the meantime she had been searching for jobs in Minneapolis because she felt this was her true home but didn’t want to move until she found a job. After a few interviews, she received a job at the Goodwill Easter Seals in St. Paul doing employment counseling. She moved into a apartment that she could afford in St. Paul, but the apartment had a few issues and was just too small. “I felt cramped and I couldn’t handle it anymore,” said Jordan. During a co-worker’s search for a home, he came across the CLCLT townhomes at Hope Community Court and told Jordan to take a look. “I walked in and I was sold. I love the flow and all of the natural light” said Jordan.

With her non-profit salary she was sure she would not be able to find a house she could afford so close to downtown Minneapolis and hadn’t heard of the CLCLT. After finding out the home was part of the CLCLT she did research and said, “I loved the fact that I could afford it and keep it affordable for someone else later on.” Jordan was happy to find out that her rent for her tiny apartment would be the same cost she currently pays to own her house. Jordan closed on her home in June and loves living in Minneapolis. A week before closing, Jordan received a new position with Goodwill Easter Seals in their North Minneapolis Employment Training Program making her commute a breeze!

Just after purchasing her home Jordan brought home a puppy, Selby. With frequent walks in the neighborhood, Jordan has had the opportunity to meet many of her neighbors and is thrilled with her great community. Her next door neighbor stopped by right away and said he would watch over her, even taking in her garbage can after pickup.

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