PATERSON, NJ- At 28 years old Pruvi Pierre is ready to invest in the city she has called home all of her life by buying a home in Paterson. A student at William Paterson University she understands that home ownership is an important way to build personal wealth, and stronger communities, but, unfortunately for her and other young adults like her living locally, she’s “struggling” to find out about opportunities that exist to make her first real estate purchase.

After bringing her concerns to one of Mayor-Elect Andre Sayegh’s Public Transition Forums earlier this month Pierre was alerted to the Create Paterson “Call to Collaboration,” the two-day event at Passaic County Community College where more than 200 local stakeholders are gathered to develop roadmaps to solutions on issues that currently plague the city.

If Pierre had a better opportunity to learn about how to purchase abandoned properties before out-of-town investors snatch them up through public auctions, she believes, “Paterson would be better.”

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“We see the abandoned properties first,” Pierre told TAPinto Paterson. Unfortunately, she continued, when she’s sought out information about them she’s “hit a dead end.”

Having articulated the issue to her fellow attendees, and following the “open space” meeting format that allows participants to develop their own agenda, Pierre will lead a discussion on this topic Tuesday afternoon, with the goal generating tangible and actionable ideas to solve it.

“We can learn to take action, and not wait for help,” Pierre said to applause. “We are the perfect people to develop the solutions.”