Three families have graduated from the Housing Authority Family Self–Sufficiency program,
and that is no easy feat.
The program helps struggling people to achieve economic self–sufficiency by helping them complete goals such as getting a well paying job, and improving their credit.
The participant signs a contract saying they will work towards the goals, and during the five to seven years it takes,
the program starts to put money away in an escrow account for them.
The money put in the account is determined by their income at the start of the program.
As their income increases over the years, their rent with the housing authority goes up, and the difference that they have to pay in rent is matched, and put in an escrow account.
When the participants have become fully self–sufficient, they receive the money that has been put away for them during their involvement with the program.