The acquisition, rehabilitation, and resale of tax-forfeited properties create an opportunity to turn discarded spaces into places of opportunity. “Our goal was to match these vacant homes that are sitting there and put them to better use,” says Kevin Dockry, Director of Hennepin County Community Works. The county-owned homes are rehabilitated by Sentencing to Serve, a program which provides hands-on job training to criminal offenders. After the home is rehabilitated, the land is placed into a community land trust to ensure permanent affordability for generations to come. Finally, the housing is sold to low-income buyers, helping reduce the gap in homeownership levels between minorities and whites–in the Twin Cities, 25 percent of black residents own a home, compared to 70 percent for all residents, with over half residing in apartment complexes with five units or more (U.S. Census Bureau, 2011).