The Seattle Times: WA considers new way to address legacy of racist property covenants

Habitat SKKC homeowner LeChelle Lucas was featured prominently in a Seattle Times article about Washington state lawmakers who are considering a new approach to boosting Black homeownership through financial assistance for people once excluded by racial covenants.

“West Seattle renter LeChelle Lucas hopes the proposal would help people like her.

Lucas, who is Black, always wanted to own a home, but “I just didn’t think homeownership, honestly, was on my horizon,” she said.

She didn’t have the funds for a down payment and couldn’t turn to her family for help. 

A down payment felt like the way to “get in the game,” she said. “Not being able to put money down immediately takes me out.”

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