Twenty-eight District of Columbia Housing Authority clients have something to cheer. They recently graduated from the Family Self Sufficiency and Achieving Your Best Life programs.
The ceremony, held on June 25, recognized the 26 FSS and two AYBL graduates for completing self-sufficiency milestones such as gaining employment, improving their financial literacy, or purchasing a home. DCHA staff and community partner organizations team up to instruct clients on how to best achieve their goals.
These milestones are established by both the participant and FSS coordinator at the time of enrollment. Many of these graduates had homeownership as a final goal and because of the combined efforts of the FSS staff and community service providers, such as Lydia’s House which provides housing counseling, 10 out of 28 grads have purchased in the past year.
Included in that number are the first two residents to complete the AYBL Program, which like FSS, works with public housing residents to prepare them to be first-time homebuyers. The AYBL graduates, Thomasine Johnson and Gregory Scott, not only purchased homes, but did so without needing subsidy assistance from DCHA.
The other graduates who did not purchase are continuing to work on increasing their income and cleaning their credit in hopes of purchasing in the near future. Some have even inquired about re-enrolling into the FSS Program for continued guidance in their pursuit.