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First recipient of the San Diego Black Homebuyers Program settles into his new home



Tyshawn Cook has big plans for his newly purchased two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo in Spring Valley.

“I am in the middle of renovating everything so the whole kitchen is going to get moved and destroyed,” said Cook, as he walked around his new living room.

The 23-year-old is confident in his vision for his new condo. He wants a more modern kitchen and he’s working with his dad to remove the carpet and replace it with new flooring.

Cook was able to buy his condo using the nearly $50,000 grant he received as the first recipient of the  San Diego Black Homebuyers Program.

Launched last August with funding and support from the San Diego Foundation Black Community Investment Fund, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher’s office, Union Bank, Urban League and LISC, the program aims to help close the region’s staggering racial homeownership gap.

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