A home is essential to a family’s health and success. Charis Community Housing has been creating mixed-income housing opportunities for almost 30 years. And we want to introduce you to some of the people and families that have joined our community through the work of Charis. Today we're interviewing Tanisha.
Tell us a little about yourself and your family.
My name is Tanisha Corporal, and I am a single mom to twelve year old Khairi. I'm originally from Pennsylvania but have lived in Atlanta for 16 years.
When did you purchase your home in South Atlanta?
I purchased my home in January of 2009. I had previously rented a duplex from Charis for two years in the Grant Park neighborhood. I am a second generation Charis home owner. My mother purchased a Charis home in Summerhill in 1997 while I was attending college in Florida. She has since satisfied her mortgage! I can't wait for the day I can say that!
What is your favorite thing about living in South Atlanta?
I especially enjoy the sense of community. My neighbors have become my close friends and supporters. Two weeks after I bought my home, I lost my job and Community Grounds became my third place. So many meaningful conversations and connections were made there over coffee. I even briefly led a story time for kids there. Also, the neighborhood Pride for Parents program has been tremendous help,
How do you hope to see the community change in the next ten years?
I hope for continued growth for youth. Khairi has participated in bike shop and youth group. I love that we have a YMCA nearby and will soon have a public library. I also would love to see a sit down family restaurant. Khairi and I love pizza on Friday nights, and it would be cool to be able to get that in our own neighborhood.
What has home ownership meant to you?
After living in Atlanta for a few years, I starting looking into home ownership. I took a few first time home ownership classes, reserved down payment assistance, and applied for a traditional mortgage. But after several unsuccessful attempts, I started feeling discouraged about accomplishing that dream. I reached out to Charis and was told I could apply for their Strategic Neighbor program if I committed to being involved in my community. Well, that was a perfect fit as I had experience working in a nearby neighborhood and was involved in local community organizations.
It was scary at first, moving into a new home with my then five year old. But I can say that fear turned into the fire that fueled my desire to stay involved. Since living in South Atlanta, I feel like our family is connected to people, a place, and a purpose. Home ownership has meant connection and courage.
Anything else you'd like to add?
I used to find myself traveling outside of the neighborhood for social activities. But these days, I spend more time doing things with neighbors. From ladies night to kickball to progressive dinner! It's a connectedness I don't think I would find anywhere else. I like to tell people that we have a small community feel in the big city!
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