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A total of 14 District of Columbia Housing Authority customers were honored last week as the most recent graduates of the Family Self-Sufficiency and Achieving Your Best Life programs.

The ceremony, held on June 29, recognized the FSS and AYBL graduates for completing self-sufficiency milestones such as gaining employment, improving their financial literacy, establishing or improving their credit, or purchasing a home.

In addition to the milestones, many of the FSS and AYBL graduates received escrow funds totaling more than $160,000. As these customers made their way through the program, they contributed funds into the escrow accounts set up for them by DCHA team members. These funds can be used as down payments for purchasing homes or paying off debt.

DCHA staff and community partner organizations team up to instruct clients on how to reach their goals. Each program participant set their goals with assistance from an FSS or AYBL coordinator at the time of their enrollment.  Many of these graduates had homeownership as a final goal. Because of the combined efforts of the DCHA staff and community service providers, such as Lydia’s House which provides housing counseling, four individuals bought homes in the past year. Several others are continuing their hard work with other community partners and the Home Purchase Assistance Program staff to buy a home in the near future.

Several graduates shared their testimonies with those in attendance which included fellow grads, DCHA staff, DCHA Board of Commissioners members Kenneth Council and Shelore Fisher, as well as community partners, such as Lydia’s House and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development staff. 

There are currently 225 active FSS participants and 15 residents enrolled in the AYBL program.

 

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