KALAMAZOO, MI — Residents with questions about buying a home, their credit score, or other financial matters are invited to a community event in Kalamazoo.
The Kalamazoo Eastside Neighborhood Association, in partnership with Kalamazoo County Land Bank and Vibrant Kalamazoo, is sponsoring a financial literacy, mortgage preparation and credit repair event on Thursday, June 23, according to a press release from the organizations.
The event, which is family-friendly, is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Eastside Sunrise Plaza, 1628 E. Main St., according to the release.
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The Eastside neighborhood’s annual “Show Me The Money” event will feature Lunchbox Food Truck, the Eastwood Kalamazoo Public Library’s mobile lending library, local author and real estate agent Twala Lockett-Jones, games, vendors and financial panels with local experts in English and Spanish, the statement said.
“KENA is proud to continue its partnership with Land Bank in joining our efforts to stabilize household finances and help families buy homes or save more effectively,” said Pat Taylor, Director of KENA. “Residents are especially thrilled to have the chance to participate in this event while celebrating the beautiful Eastside Sunrise Plaza.”
Two half-hour panels will be moderated by Buddy Hannah, Eastside resident, financial podcaster and former radio talk show host, who hosts a podcast called “Let’s Talk Money”, sponsored by KENA and with the support of the Public Media Network, according to the release.
Author Lockett-Jones will also be signing copies of the children’s book ‘Princess Mackie Buys a House’ and sharing her knowledge as a real estate agent.
“I wrote ‘Princess Mackie Buys a House’ to introduce the subject of real estate to young people in hopes of increasing the declining black homeownership rate in this country,” Lockett-Jones said. “Homeownership is the cornerstone of building generational wealth in America. It is imperative to plant the seeds of home ownership in our children early and often so that they can see this as a real possibility for them in the future.
The food truck will be present at the event from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Attendees who complete a survey will receive food tickets and children will be served free of charge, according to the statement.
“This collaboration is a much-needed undertaking during the housing shortage in our community,” said Land Bank Executive Director Sid Ellis. “It’s important that families have a place to live and, more importantly, that they understand the opportunities they have to own property to create generational wealth.”
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