Family Self-Sufficiency Program
The Housing Authority implemented the Family Self-Sufficiency Program in 1992. The Program’s success is evident by the families that have successfully completed the Program and have moved on to homeownership.
The Family Self-Sufficiency Program is a contractual program that is available only to existing Public Housing residents, VASH and Housing Choice Voucher participants. The program is designed to help families become self-sufficient and off of welfare assistance within a five-year period. The Housing Authority provides the housing assistance and works closely with agencies in the community that provide needed resources to participating families. The family enters into a five-year Contract of Participation with the Housing Authority and sets specific goals to be achieved over the term of the Contract. As part of the Contract, the Housing Authority opens an escrow account for each participating family and any time there is an increase to the family’s earned income during the term of the Contract, money is deposited into the family’s escrow account. Upon successful completion of the Program, the family receives the balance in their escrow account. The balance in a family’s escrow account varies from family to family, but the Housing Authority has made final escrow payments in excess of $27,000.00.
The Housing Authority also provides monthly training to these families in the areas of healthcare, parenting, financial management, budgeting, stress management, employment preparedness and training, homeownership, and life-skills training.