Homeownership Services

White Earth Investment Initiative offers several convenient options for homebuyer education and housing advising to help homebuyers feel more confident about their housing decisions. Approximately nine homebuyer education classes are offered annually at various locations in Becker and Otter Tail counties and on the White Earth Indian Reservation. Classes follow either the Home Stretch or Pathways Home models. For those who prefer to learn online, Framework offers an affordable online course.

Individual Housing Advising

Potential homebuyers who have not met with a lender or entered in to a purchase agreement are encouraged to take advantage of Individual Housing Advising. White Earth Investment Initiative offers free individualized meetings that help assess readiness for home purchasing and provide information and referrals as needed.

These private meetings offer an opportunity for individual households to talk about their homeownership goals and arrive at an action plan.

Our homeownership advisor can review credit reports and personal finances, as well as answer questions related to buying a home. The meeting, which can take place over the phone or in person, is confidential, and a free copy of your soft-pull credit report is provided. Additional free follow-up appointments are available to all interested individuals.

To set up an appointment or if you need more information regarding the program, please email Amanda Hanson or call 218-844-7020. Faxes can be sent to 218-844-6345.

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Courses & Schedules

Building Native Communities: Financial Skills For Families

Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families is a personal financial literacy curriculum developed by the Fannie Mae Foundation and First Nations Development Institute. Whether you want to start a business, buy a home or pay off your debt, personal financial literacy is a first step to gaining control over your financial future. Curriculum modules include:

  • Building a healthy economy
  • Developing a spending plan
  • Working with checking and savings accounts
  • Understanding credit and your credit report
  • Accessing credit (Part I and Part II)

This free two-day course is taught by a certified instructor and includes a free participant workbook, dinner and a raffle. Total class time is eight hours.

Schedule

We’re sorry, but the Building Native Communities: Financial Skills For Families class schedule is not available at this time. Please check back later or contact White Earth Investment Initiative at (218) 983-4020.

All classes will be advertised in the Anishinaabeg Today with fliers posted in the community. If you would like to schedule a class for your group, we also offer a condensed version. Please call Audra Tonihka at (218) 983-4020 for pricing information.