The OWN IT: Building Black Wealth (‘OWN IT’) program and education courses help participants improve financial literacy and their understanding of homeownership as it relates to building wealth. Upon completion of the courses, families ready to search for and purchase a home can apply for a $15,000 down payment assistance grant to put toward the purchase. OWN IT also offers continued support after the courses to ensure that families have the resources and support they need as they navigate through the home buying and homeownership process.
In our pilot phase, courses are exclusively available for families and staff at One City Schools. To qualify, you must have a family member enrolled at the school, be an alumni, or be a current staff member. Courses are free for all participants.
Course sessions will be held on Zoom. Wealth Building Course: each session is two hours long and will be on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm. There will be 6 sessions in the Wealth Building course. You must complete the Wealth Building course to participate in the Homeownership course. Please note that there are session attendance requirements to receive a certificate of completion.
Wealth Building – April 6–May 11 (every Wednesday from 6:30-8:30pm)
Homeownership – Two options:
- June 21, 22 and 23 (Tue-Thu, 5:30 – 7:30pm) plus a 2-hour mandatory session at a date and time to be determined.
- Saturday, June 25 (9:00am–3:00pm) plus a 2-hour mandatory session at a date and time to be determined.
Use of Data Policy
In order to effectively conduct our program, OWN IT: Building Black Wealth (‘OWN IT’) needs to collect information from participants. With this policy, we ensure that we gather, store and handle data fairly, transparently and with respect towards individual rights.
This policy refers to all OWN IT program participants/applicants who provide any amount of information to us.
Who is covered under the Data Protection Policy?
All OWN IT volunteers and members of the advisory group must follow this policy.
OWN IT collects information:
- during enrollment,
- after each class session,
- after the completion of a course,
- follow up surveys (4-6 months after course completion),
- and after home purchase (if applicable).
To evaluate the OWN IT program and its ability to serve the community:
- Information could help OWN IT demonstrate whether or not the program actually increases black homeownership and/or is helping Black families build wealth.
- The below information could help OWN IT determine whether programs or specific courses should be continued, expanded, adjusted, or discontinued.
- Course surveys to ensure we are meeting your learning goals and to receive your constructive feedback,
- Surveys 4-6 months after you complete a course to assess the long-term impact of what you learned and progress on your wealth building goals.
For awareness raising:
- To identify trends, potential injustices, and systemic racism in the local housing, real estate, and banking systems.
- To show the housing industry (realtors/lenders/banks/etc.) that this model works
- To propose solutions to address systemic and historical racism.
- OWN IT acknowledges the systemic racism that is baked into the real estate industry and is committed to exposing these practices in order to propose solutions.
To show present and future donors/grants what their funding can accomplish
As part of our operations, we need to obtain and process information. This information includes any offline or online data that makes a person identifiable such as names, addresses, digital footprints, photographs, financial data, etc.
OWN IT collects this information in a transparent way and only with your full cooperation and knowledge. Once this information is available to us, the following rules apply.
Any information that is included in publicly available reports will be entirely anonymous and include no identifying information. Information, data, and summarized results will generally be grouped together by such categories as class year, homeownership history, or demographic details like identity or income level to produce such statements as: “Of families enrolled in courses in 2022, 90% of the were first time homebuyers,” or: “Over 70% of families receiving an OWN IT grant have a household income between $50,000 and $150,000.”
If your identifying information is to be shared publicly OWN IT will ask your permission first. An example is if you make a comment on a survey and we want to add your name, “I couldn’t have purchased a home without the assistance of OWN IT” says Insert Name Here.
Your data will not be shared with third party individuals without your prior consent.
To exercise data protection, we’re committed to:
- Restrict and monitor access to sensitive data
- Develop transparent data collection procedures
- Build secure networks to protect online data from cyberattacks
- Establish clear procedures for reporting privacy breaches or data misuse
- Include contract clauses or communicate statements on how we handle data
- Establish data protection practices (document shredding, secure locks, data encryption, frequent backups, access authorization etc.)
Our data protection provisions will appear on our website.
Contact the OWN IT team (email@example.com) if you have questions or concerns.