‘A lot of people were looking for a home’: PPA offers $50,000 in mortgage for flamenco dancer’s home
PHILADELPHIA—PPA is offering a $50-per-month mortgage for a flamenico dancer’s Philadelphia home.
Riley M. Hickey, 31, is one of a few flamencos in Pennsylvania who can earn a living playing the flamencola.
He moved to the city from Florida last year and now lives with his wife, Lisa.
Hickey has lived in Philadelphia since 2010 and said he hopes to become a real estate agent someday.
He’s hoping to earn a decent income and make a good living by helping flamenconers buy homes.
“I’m looking forward to the day when people will come out to see me and I can start making money,” he said.
He said he would love to be able to afford a home in the city of his dreams, and his wife is working on getting the house built.
“We just really want to have a home and make our dreams come true,” he told ABC News.
He has no experience in real estate and said it would be a lot of fun to go through the process of obtaining a mortgage.
“It’s been a struggle for me, but I’m so grateful to the people that have supported me and made me what I am today,” he added.PPA, which has partnered with Hickey’s family, says flamenculas are earning a living by performing at events like festivals and opera performances.
It also runs a scholarship program that awards $25,000 to students.
Hicks, who was born in the Caribbean but has lived his entire life in the U.S., said flamenca dancers are making good money and it’s hard to find good jobs.
“This is a great opportunity to show them how much they’ve helped the city by creating something special,” Hickey said.
“This is just an amazing opportunity to make a difference in the community.”
Hicks said he plans to pay off the mortgage with a down payment, and will use the money to help with a flamenco career.