Kalamazoo Edison neighborhood hosting credit repair, mortgage prep event

KALAMAZOO, MI — Residents with questions about buying a house, their credit score or other financial topics are invited to a community event in Kalamazoo.

The Kalamazoo Eastside Neighborhood Association, in partnership with the Kalamazoo County Land Bank and Vibrant Kalamazoo, is sponsoring a financial literacy, mortgage preparation and credit repair event Thursday, June 23, according to a news 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., the release said.

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The annual Eastside neighborhood event “Show Me The Money” will feature Lunchbox Food Truck, the Eastwood Kalamazoo Public Library’s mobile lending library, local author and realtor Twala Lockett-Jones, games, vendors and financial panels with local experts in both English and Spanish, the release said.

“KENA is proud to continue our partnership with the Land Bank joining our efforts to stabilize household finances and assist families to purchase homes or save more efficiently,” said Pat Taylor, KENA director. “Residents are especially excited to be having a chance to participate in this event while also celebrating the beautiful Eastside Sunrise Plaza.”

Two half-hour panels will be hosted by Eastside resident, financial podcaster and former radio talk show host Buddy Hannah, who hosts a podcast called “Let’s Talk Money,” sponsored by KENA and with support from the Public Media Network, the release said.

Author Lockett-Jones will also be signing copies of her 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 topic of real estate to young people in hopes of increasing the declining Black homeownership rates in this country,” Lockett-Jones said. “Homeownership is the cornerstone of building generational wealth in America. It is imperative to plant seeds of homeownership in our children early and often so that they can understand this as a true possibility for them in the future.”

The food truck will be at the event from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Participants who take a survey will be given food tickets and children will be served free, the release said.

“This collaboration is a much-needed venture during the housing shortage in our community,” Land Bank Executive Director Sid Ellis said. “It is important that families have housing and more important that they understand the opportunities they have for home ownership in building generational wealth.”

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