Community Development Papers

A Case for Post-Purchase Support Programs as Part of Minnesota's Emerging Markets Homeownership Initiative

A discussion of why Minnesota is in a good position to implement the post-purchase support provisions of the Emerging Markets Homeownership Initiative.

Richard M. Todd | Vice President and Advisor to the CICD
Michael Grover | Assistant Vice President, Community Development

Published October 1, 2005

The State of Minnesota’s Emerging Markets Homeownership Initiative (EMHI) seeks to boost homeownership rates among Minnesota’s “emerging markets,” defined as households of color, non-English speaking households, and households in which English is a second language. Many of the implementation strategies in the EMHI Business Plan address general barriers to homeownership and should increase the number of emerging market households that become first-time homeowners. EMHI doesn’t stop there, however. It also recognizes the need to sustain homeownership after initial purchase, in keeping with growing evidence that the cliché “once an owner, always an owner” is far from true, especially for minority and low-income households. In particular, the EMHI Business Plan includes a strategy for developing and implementing a post-purchase services network that will enhance their prospects for successful, sustainable homeownership. As a foundation for the implementation effort, this report explains why Minnesota is in a good position to use post-purchase support programs to pursue EMHI’s goals.