Own It: Building Black Wealth is a two-part initiative designed to address and work towards eliminating substantial barriers to wealth and homeownership for Black families in the Greater Madison area. The program does so by providing two key elements: an educational program and access to $15,000 for down payment funds with fewer restrictions. This pilot program is offered to families, alumni, and staff, for free, at One City Schools. We plan to continue this model with additional partner groups in the future.

What the program offers:
- Wealth Building and Homeownership courses, for free, along with continuing education and wealth building/homeownership cohorts for participants after completion of the courses.
- Down payment funds of $15,000, per family, for those who complete the educational program, will be available in February 2022.

Current Update
- 31 families completed the first Wealth Building Course. There are currently 20 families in the Homeownership course.
- $350,000+ has been raised for the downpayment fund (which will help 23 families purchase a home). https://ownitbbw.com/

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality,
  tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "Letter from Birmingham Jail," April 16, 1963

MHCA Anti-Racism Project Purpose
To connect the residents of the MHCA Neighborhood to issues of racial equity in a way
intended to create an inclusive, welcoming place to live and also to
inspire neighbors and city leaders towards policy-making to dismantle systemic racism.

The year 2020 and the start of 2021 have certainly had their share of civic challenges and therefore
we at MHCA felt it was time to address the topic of systemic racism in our community.
While we realize that some residents have been involved in these discussions through other organizations,
we feel it is important as a Neighborhood Association to show that we are open to inclusion and equality
and at the same time actively promote anti-racism while condemning white supremacy.

MHCA ANTI-RACISM PROJECT RESOURCES (most newly listed resources in green)

Education - Learn More about the History, Challenges and Progress regarding Racial Equity

  • Kids’ Read-aloud videos for parents to use with children:

Governance - How to Connect with Local Government Initiatives

Involvement - Be Active in Projects Going On in our Community

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