self sufficiency

Some of the people who attended a self-sufficiency dinner hosted by the Housing Authority of Chester County.

WEST CHESTER — The Housing Authority of the County of Chester recently hosted a dinner to celebrate the Family Self-Sufficiency Graduates at Milestone Events in West Chester.

"The graduate dinner was an opportunity to acknowledge each graduate and applaud them for their success, hard work, and dedication for the last 5 years of being a participant in the program," said Dale Gravett, executive director of the Housing Authority of Chester County. "The Housing Authority of the County of Chester is honored to recognize each of these individuals and celebrate their achievements with them."

The Family Self-Sufficiency program is a five-year program designed to help families currently living in subsidized housing work toward self-sufficiency. This program helps families establish goals, provides them with case management, and offers them support and additional resources when needed.

In addition to goal building, this program offered the opportunity for families to receive an escrow balance once they achieve their set goals and increase their income. There are eight graduates recognized, all having completed their goals within the last five years. The total sum of their collective escrow accounts equals $66,662. Past graduates have used their escrow payments for such things as help with college tuition and down payment assistance in the purchase of their first home.

In Chester County, the Family Self-Sufficiency program has been extremely successful and has approximately 74 participants in the program, Gravett said.

One of the graduates who received a check at the dinner stated, “Without the help of this program, I would not have had the chance to be a first-time homebuyer.”

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