Aliza Scott could only think of one way to celebrate when she officially became the owner of a city-tax foreclosed duplex on N. 33rd St. “I had to dance,” she said. And why not? For less than she was paying in rent, Scott had just realized her dream of owning her own home.
“I don’t have to worry about landlords anymore; I’ve got a place to call my own,” she said. “I can come and go as I please. It’s my domain. We got our own dog (Daisy) for the kids, and they can enjoy playing in the backyard. We can have the grandkids over. There are so many advantages.”
Scott credited ACTS Housing’s Constance Alberts for helping her with home buyer counseling and navigating what can be a long and confusing process; she also praised the work of home specialist Mary Leach-Sumlin.
“It was a great experience because they are with you step by step and they keep your eye on the prize,” Scott said. “There are other programs but they don’t give you the time of day like ACTS does. Mary took me from house to house, and I would have been lost without Constance. She kept me on blast. I think the world of them.” Scott works two-full time jobs to support her family. When she does have a free moment, you can usually find her at a store looking for a new item to complement her new home. “My house still needs some work but I love it from top to bottom,” she said.