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A Greater Sense of Pride

Natasha's family on their porch

The City of Lakes Community Land Trust’s Homebuyer Initiated Program (HIP) provides CLCLT homebuyers two grants - one to assist with the purchase of a home and one to assist with rehab required to address deferred maintenance, safety and code issues. Natasha Gilbert decided to participate in HIP because it was one of the few programs that permitted low- to moderate-income families to purchase the home of their choice.

Since purchasing her home, Natasha has realized a feeling of more stability and a greater sense of pride about herself. Natasha’s involvement with the CLCLT did not end with the purchase of her home. Natasha joined the CLCLT Board of Directors because she wanted to give something back to the program and community. “I feel blessed and wanted to facilitate the process for someone else.” In addition to her work with the CLCLT Board, Natasha is also involved with her community by coordinating volunteers to assist organizations with tasks and events.

Contributed by City of Lakes Community Land Trust.