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PUBLIC HOUSING FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM

Central Office, 606 Holland Street, Phone: 456-2028.
On-site workforce development specialists assist public housing residents as they work to become self-sufficient. HACE caseworkers help families access social services, implement self-sufficiency plans, develop a budget and set savings goals.

The program, which parallels the Housing Authority’s successful Section 8 Family Self-Sufficiency Program, works this way: participating families agree to work toward becoming economically self-sufficient. When a family enters the program, the Housing Authority establishes an escrow/savings account based on the rental subsidy they receive from the Housing Authority. As the participant moves toward economic self-sufficiency, the tenant’s share of the rent increases. The Housing Authority matches these increases with like-contributions to an interest-bearing escrow savings account for the family.

When the family is self-sufficient – no longer receiving welfare, housing or other government subsidies –  the money in the escrowed savings account officially becomes theirs. The savings account can be used as the family pleases – to purchase a house, education, and debt reduction.

 

SECTION 8 FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM

Central Office, 606 Holland Street, Phone: 456-2028.


On-site workforce development specialists assist individuals and families in the Authority's Section 8 program as they work to become self-sufficient. Caseworkers help families access social services, implement self-sufficiency plans, develop a budget and set savings goals.

Section 8 is a federal housing assistance program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Under Section 8, eligible families lease a rental unit in the private sector and pay a portion of the rent, generally around 30 percent of their income. The Housing Authority pays the landlord the remaining rent.

The Section 8 Family Self-Sufficiency portion of the program works this way: participating families agree to work toward becoming economically self-sufficient. This means reducing and eventually ending their dependence on welfare and Section 8 financial assistance.

When a family enters the program, the Housing Authority establishes a family escrow/savings account based on the rental subsidy they receive from the Section 8 program. As the participant moves toward self-sufficiency (higher wages, education, etc.) the family’s share of their rent increases.

HACE matches these increases with contributions to an interest-bearing escrow account for the benefit of the participant. When the family is self-sufficient, no longer receiving welfare, housing or other subsidies, the money in the escrowed savings account officially becomes theirs, to use however they please, including buying their own homes.


DOMESTIC ABUSE COUNSELING-SAFENET

John E. Horan Garden Apartments, 716A Tacoma Road, #2.
Erie Heights, 4026 Garden Avenue.
Phone:455-1774
Confidential counseling for residents who are victims of family/dating violence. Includes referral for emergency shelter, clinical services, support groups and legal advocacy.

MHEDS

2110 East 10th St. #5 Phone: 459-0679
On-site caseworker providing a wide variety of services to the non-English speaking and indigent population including outreach and follow-up, translation/interpretation, health/nutrition, alcohol counseling and social and supportive services.