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[Humans of HUD]

Oneika

Norfolk, VA

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Antonio

East Point, GA

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Burney

Miami, FL

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Muhammad

Atlanta, GA

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Luis

San Diego, CA

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Traci

Long Beach, CA

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Angel

Chicago, IL

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Brandis

Columbia, SC

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Jaydee

Louisville, KY

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Mercedes

Santa Ana, CA

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Alison

Billings, MT

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Dianne

Long Beach, CA

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James

San Diego, CA

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Kourtney

Louisville, KY

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Mark

Louisville, KY

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Shernita

Washington, DC

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Tiffany

Chicago, IL

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Chevelle

Cincinnati, OH

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Kevin

Columbia, MO

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Rosanna

Midwest City, OK

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David

Charleston, SC

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Kelly and Souny

Long Beach, CA

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Tanya

Anne Arundel, MD

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Eric

Long Beach, CA

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< [Oneika from Norfolk, VA]>

Oneika
Norfolk, VA

"Imagine if you woke up and someone sent you a text message that said your house is gone. The gas that’s in your car, that’s all you have. The money that’s in your wallet, that’s all you have. The clothes on your back, that’s all you have. I’m very grateful and thankful for the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the HUD-VASH program. It saved my life and my children’s lives."

Oneika proudly served our country in the military for 11 years. After returning stateside and leaving the U.S. Army, she initially settled in Columbia, South Carolina. She moved to Virginia a few years later to support a family member through some challenges. Struggling to find employment, Oneika was unable to pay rent and was evicted. The two families began a nomadic existence, staying at Motel 6 when they could afford to, and with family and friends when they could not. They would spend much of their time at the local library where they could find heat or air conditioning. Oneika researched resources that are available for female veterans, which led her to the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center and to HUD-Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH). She soon received a housing voucher and job training through the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program. Today, Oneika serves as a recruiter for L3 Technologies, and is helping other veterans find post-service employment. Her ultimate career goal? To help others find a home through HUD-Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced a 5.4 percent decline in Veteran homelessness from 2017. In October 2017, the agencies also announced a $35 million grant to support veterans like Oneika with housing assistance.

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< [Antonio from East Point, GA]>

Antonio
East Point, GA

"When I came back from Iraq, I felt disconnected from society. I was depressed so I turned to drugs, but I didn’t let those challenges stop me. HUD-VASH was a game changer for me. Sure, I received housing assistance, but it was much more than that. I set goals for myself-- to obtain my Ph.D. and become a homeowner in five years. I’m grateful that I didn’t let one flat tire stop me. The battle isn’t over, but it gets easier when you have the right support, resources, and programs like this one."

The East Point Housing Authority participates in the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program to provide wraparound services to homeless veterans. HUD recently awarded $35 million to help veterans like Antonio get the help they need.

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< [Burney from Miami, FL]>

Burney
Miami, FL

"I came back from Germany after serving in the Army and got into drinking and smoking. I was a cabinet maker, but I couldn’t hold a job for too long. Even my mom didn’t want me sleeping in her house. I was known to the local correctional officers and even landed in prison for a few months. I also lost friends, got divorced, and slept in abandoned cars. I did this on and off for more than 10 years. One day, I heard about a place where I could sleep and asked a friend for a ride, but he took me to a detox place instead. Once I finally got to the point where I could look for a job and hold on to it, I started to feel better about myself. I went to college, got an Associates in Social Work and started working for Camillus House. Then I joined Chapman Partnership. I’ve been sober and employed for 26 years. I am a housing specialist and I find homes for people who are where I once was. I share my story and I tell them if I could do it, you can do it. You have to be honest with yourself because change is hard. You can talk all you want, but if you have reservations inside, most likely you won’t change. So, it must come from within and you have to go at it every day. Even today, I am 62. I talk to myself when I feel I could revert to other behaviors and say, ‘Hey Burney, what are you doing? You know you can’t do that!’ I look at my family photos, my degree, and remember that I like being honest with myself."

The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, serves persons in need, like Burney. First, he was a client then a faithful employee at Chapman Partnership, a homeless service provider within the Homeless Trust. In 2017, HUD awarded more than $30 million in funding to Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust as part of the annual Continuum of Care (COC) Program competition. This year the Trust, in partnership with the Miami Veteran Affairs and a network of dedicated partners and providers, led an unprecedented effort to house homeless veterans and has effectively ended veteran homelessness in their community.

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< [Mark from Federal Way, WA]>

Mark
Federal Way, WA

"Alcohol or drugs didn’t put me on the streets. My gambling problem and high child support did. It left me homeless off and on for five years. There are people who’ve been homeless for 15, 20 years and they seem to like it. For me, it was just my life, my routine – something I had to get through. I lived in my broken 1990 Ford F-10 for about three years until I met with my VA Case Manager. They told me I qualified for a HUD-VASH voucher and offered me a spot at the Wood Veterans House. I’m grateful to have had a chance to live there. It took time to get used to living with so many other people, but it’s given me a chance to get back on my financial feet. I’m headed back to Bellingham – it’s where I grew up and after all these years, it will be a nice place to call home."

The William J. Wood Veteran’s House provides housing for homeless veterans and their families. The Woods Veterans House opened in December 2016 and is home to 44 fully furnished units that are eligible for rental subsides through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program and King County Housing Authority. HUD and the VA recently announced a $35 million grant to help veterans like Mark find a place to call home.

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< [Muhammad from Atlanta, GA]>

Muhammad
Atlanta, GA

"When I went in to the Army, I had never drunk before. But when you got off work, that was the big thing. It was just something we did. I thought I had the drinking under control, but when I left the Army three years later, I didn't quit drinking. I had worked at MCI in various positions and couldn't find one I really enjoyed. Plus, my drinking was in the way. I lost my job, my roommate moved out, and then I became homeless. I knew that I was worthy and capable of doing better. I just could not see that my drinking was a major reason things were so bad. I blamed racism, sexism, the economy, islamophobia. Choice, change, change. For me, the choice was to ask for help to have a chance at changing my life. I didn't want to just change my life, I wanted to change the lives of others. I continued my education and recently became a certified peer specialist and therapist. I'm looking forward to helping others overcome alcoholism. I'm a veteran who had some issues in my life, but I overcame them with a change of heart, attitude and outlook on life. No one owes any of us anything. The things we are given in life to help us to move forward, we should be grateful for them - and pay it forward."

Atlanta Housing (AH) is the largest housing authority in Georgia and one of the largest in the nation. AH provides and facilitates affordable housing resources for low-income households. Muhammad Khateeb receives housing assistance through HUD's Housing Choice Voucher program. HUD invested over $20 billion in the Housing Choice Voucher program in 2017 to help people like Muhammad find an affordable place to call home.

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< [Luis from San Diego, CA]>

Luis
San Diego, CA

"I never used the ‘H-word.' I always called myself an urban camper. Today, I'm happy that I'm here because I have a roof over my head, my own kitchen, and a place of my own."

For 18 years, Luis called the U.S. Navy his home. After leaving military service, he struggled to maintain employment and ultimately found himself without a home and living on the streets of San Diego. In 2016, Luis connected with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the San Diego Housing Commission to become one of the first residents of the newly rehabilitated Hotel Churchill. Today, this historic building, a fixture in San Diego since 1914, is home to 72 persons who previously experienced homelessness, including 56 veterans like Luis. HUD invested more than $12 million to help the San Diego Housing rehabilitate the structure and bring it back to its original glory. As a result, the award-winning Hotel Churchill continues to stand at the corner of Ninth Avenue and C Street as a testament to what federal, state and local entities can achieve when they work together to end homelessness.

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< [Traci from Long Beach, CA]>

Traci
Long Beach, CA

"I was a drug addict for many, many years. In and out of bad relationships. In and out of jail and prison and since I've been here [CVC], I'm no longer on parole or probation. I have a little dog now who is a service animal. I was able to get a car. It was little steps at a time."

Century Villages at Cabrillo (CVC) provides 662 units of permanent supportive housing in Long Beach, CA. Every year, CVC provides housing for 2,199 people including 1,042 Veterans and 600 families with children. The 27-acre campus has benefited from $66 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and nearly $18 million in HUD Capital Investment.

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< [Angel from Chicago, IL]>

Angel
Chicago, IL

"I decided to try A Safe Haven Foundation. It's the best thing that happened in my life. I knew that if I didn't give this institution a shot, I would be back on the streets, on drugs and in trouble with the law. If my mind says no to drugs, my heart will follow. The support, hope and refuge that ASH has given me has turned my life around and presented me with an opportunity to have a future completely different than the one I anticipated as a kid."

Introduced to drugs and crime as a young teen, Angel's issues with addiction and the criminal justice system were inevitable. A Safe Haven (ASH) was presented to him by the court system as an option. He has participated in Job Readiness and the Housing Keeping and Recovery Education programs. Angel now works part-time with ASH and aspires to continue working with the foundation that gave him his life back. A Safe Haven in Chicago serves as a shelter and support center for people struggling with drug abuse. The Chicago branch was recently named a HUD EnVision Center. Individuals are coached through recovery and supported on their journey to self-sufficiency. Over the last ten years, ASH has received over $10.3 million in funding through HUD's Continuum of Care program and $2 million through the Community Development Block Grant program. To learn more about ASH, please visit: www.ASafeHaven.org

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< [Brandis from Columbia, SC]>

Brandis
Columbia, SC

"Once I had children of my own, I found that I no longer had a place to live. It turned out that getting my own place was a good stepping stone. I was connected with my case manager Ms. Boykin through the Columbia Housing Authority who helped me find a job. Ms. Boykin has impacted my life in positive ways. She goes above and beyond to help me out and keep me informed on different trainings and programs offered through the housing authority that will help me better myself. I hope to be self-sufficient in five years. My dream is to be a homeowner and to have a car."

The Columbia Housing Authority's Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program connects participants with case managers who help them develop goals that are achievable within five years. The goals are outlined in a contract, which is signed by the HUD-assisted individual and a representative of the housing authority. When Brandis achieves her goals in five years, she will become eligible to receive funds from an escrow account. HUD invested $75 million in FSS in 2017 to help people like Brandis to realize their potential.

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< [Jaydee from Louisville, KY]>

Jaydee
Louisville, KY

"If anyone knows anything about domestic violence, they know that there is a cycle of abuse -- and part of that cycle is taking away your support system. I knew I needed to reconnect and bring back the people who were going to support me and love me through this time in my life. After I gave birth to my beautiful little boy, I realized the abuse wasn't just impacting me but my baby too. So, one day I left and my family took us in. I started to look for programs, other ways for me to become successful because it was extremely hard for me to pay for daycare, go to work, make ends meet without stretching myself so thin that I wouldn't be able to give my son the best care. We finally found our 'yes' with a program in Louisville called the Family Scholar House. The day I walked into those doors, it was an automatic yes. I got on the waiting list and we had the honor of experiencing so many firsts in this apartment. Because of this program, I was able to go back to school full-time, graduate magna cum laude from the Kent School of Social Work, and then earn my Master of Science in Social Work at the University of Louisville. The assistance from HUD allowed us to thrive. We are a success story. I'm now fully employed and searching to buy my first home! In five years, I'm going to have my first home and my son will be in a great school while I'm doing what I love - showing women they are worthy and empowering them to leave abusive relationships. I'm giving back to the community that's helped me. Most importantly, I'm advocating for those who can't do so for themselves."

The Family Scholar House in Louisville works to end the cycle of poverty and transform their community by empowering families and youth to succeed in education and achieve life-long self-sufficiency. Nearly 80 percent of the participants exit the program with stable employment. HUD funding helps support 279 residents across five campuses. Learn more about Family Scholar House and how to apply. See all Kentucky Scholar House locations.

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< [Mercedes from Santa Ana, CA]>

Mercedes
Santa Ana, CA

"I was born and raised in Santa Ana. Both of my parents emigrated from Mexico to the United States in the 70's. I have two siblings one older and one younger. I loved school but was involved in an abusive relationship at a very young age. I dropped out of school and left home at the age of 15. I had my first child at 16 and lived in a domestic violence shelter for two and a half years. My domestic violence social worker was the one that helped me get into Section 8 housing and the Family Unification Program with the Orange County Housing Authority (OCHA). She will forever be my angel and I will forever be grateful to HUD. I received a Section 8 voucher in 2011. In 2013, I signed up for OCHA's Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program. The FSS program has been a true blessing for me and my children. It motivated me to set an example for my kids and go back to school. I got my GED and completed a vocational medical billing and coding program. I now have a good job that I love at UCI Medical where I found my passion helping others and, most importantly, I'm setting a positive, healthy example for my kiddos. I am working hard and hoping to purchase a home. For those who have been in similar situations, I would say stay positive and be patient because hard work always pays off."

The Orange County Housing Authority's Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program connects participants with case managers who help them develop goals. Enrollees have access to an escrow account, which helps them move toward financial independence. In 2017, HUD invested $75 million in FSS Programs at housing authorities across the country to help people like Mercedes achieve self-sufficiency.

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< [Alison from Billings, MT]>

Alison
Billings, MT

"My mom and my dad physically abused me and my two sisters. I spent most of my childhood scared and trying to protect myself as it was apparent that no one was going to do it for me. When I was 14, I started drinking. I spent the next 23 years of my life addicted to anything that would enable me to not have to be myself. There were many hospital stays, many jail stays, and one involuntary commitment to a treatment center. It was there that I received treatment, gained self-esteem and self-respect, and got a year of sobriety under my belt. In 2011, I was released and able to return to college full-time while working at Denny's. I became eligible for Section 8 housing and eventually enrolled in the Family Self-Sufficiency Program. With HUD assistance, I was able to reach my goal of a college degree. HUD helped me make my dreams come true."

The Housing Authority of Billings' Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program connects participants with case managers who help them develop goals. Enrollees have access to an escrow account, which helps them move toward financial independence. Alison's goals are to get her Master's degree and to buy a house. In 2017, HUD allocated $75 million to the FSS Program at public housing authorities across the country to support people like Alison.

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< [Dianne from Long Beach, CA]>

Dianne
Long Beach, CA

"When I got here, I was recovering from an abusive relationship I had been in. I thought I would have to live with this man for the rest of my life because I couldn't take care of myself. Today, I work and have full custody of my kids. At one time, I thought I wouldn't have anybody on my side after and, now I have so many people on my side to help me out."

Century Villages at Cabrillo (CVC) provides 662 units of permanent supportive housing in Long Beach, CA. CVC provides housing for 2,199 people including 1,042 veterans and 600 families with children. The 27-acre campus has received $66 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and nearly $18 million in HUD Capital Investment.

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< [James from San Diego, CA]>

James
San Diego, CA

"When I was on the streets, I was using drugs and alcohol, it was bad. But I'm a survivor. Living here is like living in heaven. My first day here, I cried all night long. Now I have my own TV, my own bathroom -- it's changed my whole life."

The historic Hotel Churchill has been a fixture in downtown San Diego since 1914 but has fallen into disrepair over the decades. HUD invested more than $12 million in Moving to Work and HOME program funding to help the San Diego Housing Commission pay to rehabilitate and renovate the structure and turn it into 72 rental units for the homeless, including 56 veterans like James, as well as at-risk youth and ex-convicts. Today, the Hotel Churchill stands as a gleaming monument to what can be accomplished when HUD works with state and local leaders to address affordable housing challenges and end homelessness.

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< [Kourtney from Louisville, KY]>

Kourtney
Louisville, KY

"My apartment at Family Scholar House provided me with stability and a sense of community. We're all doing the same thing. We're all struggling with the same thing, so to have the kind of support and encouragement from your neighbors, friends and staff was really empowering and life changing. Having stable housing, allowed me to focus on school and raising my children - it was a safe space to come home to and it was affordable. No better combination. This program allowed me to not worry so much about housing or working to pay for rent. It allowed me to focus solely on school and my kids so that, in the future, I could provide for them the best way possible. It's crazy to think about how far we've come, but I can't help but smile when I think about our future. I'm now a homeowner and I really think the affordable housing made it possible - in combination with the support of the Family Scholar House. Homeownership was my dream after my divorce. It took me 10 years, but I made it. Keep pushing on. You have everything it takes to be successful. Use the tools that you have in front of you and never give up."

The Family Scholar House in Louisville aims to end the cycle of poverty and transform their community by empowering families and youth to succeed in education and achieve life-long self-sufficiency. Nearly 80 percent of the participants exit the program with stable employment. The Family Scholar House received $6.3 million in HUD funding as well as Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) through the Louisville Metro Housing Authority for the current 279 residents on their five campuses. The HCV program partners with local public housing authorities to help low-income individuals and families find affordable housing in the private market. HUD invested over $20 billion in the HCV program in 2017 to help people like Kourtney find an affordable place to live.

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< [Mark from Louisville, KY]>

Mark
Louisville, KY

"I've been struggling with chronic homelessness my whole life. I started off living at the Louisville Center for Women and Families due to certain situations from my early childhood. I found myself living in my van - parked in front of our local Salvation Army. Then I became homeless until I received HUD assistance and moved into Section 8 housing. All I ask for is a roof over my head - something I have not been able to provide for myself. While I hope to expand my barbershop clientele, my main goal is to devote my time to help end youth homelessness. I'm a board member of the Youth Homeless Coalition but I hope to do much more than that. If you are a young person struggling with homelessness, never give up. Never be afraid to ask for help. It could be what you need to change your life."

Working with The Louisville Metro Housing Authority (LMHA), HUD provides rental assistance to more than 4,500 families in Jefferson County, Kentucky. LMHA is recognized as an exemplary housing authority who most recently received Choice Neighborhood planning, action and implementation grants in the effort to revitalize the Russell Neighborhood. Over the last fiscal year, LMHA has received almost $30 million in funding for their rental assistance program from HUD. The Department awarded over $2 billion to its Continuum of Care programs across the country in 2017 to give people like Mark a fresh start.

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< [Shernita from Washington, DC]>

Shernita
Washington, DC

"Born and raised in public housing it was very difficult for me as a person because that's all I knew. I didn't know anything outside of my neighborhood. I didn't have a vision center. But, I want to share with everybody here on how I became self-sufficient. During this time, I was in a dark place. And, didn't know what I wanted to do, or where I wanted to be. I created this vision board so that I could identify my goals. Before this program [EnVision Center], I didn't even know what a vision was. I had to think beyond what I see - to create these things that I can accomplish. I fulfilled part of my vision when I became a wife instead of a single parent. I also became a homeowner. I knew that if I wanted to purchase a home then I had to save money. There wasn't a lot of money to save, but, I put away a little dollar here and fifty cents there. I learned to look beyond just what I could see and to dream of what I could accomplish.

Living in public housing for most of her life, Shernita understands the impact the HUD EnVision Center will have in her community. EnVision Centers are centralized hubs where HUD-assisted individuals can receive economic, educational, leadership, and health services. She shared her path to self-sufficiency with those attending the launch of the District's EnVision Center in June. After living in her car, Shernita found housing through HUD's Housing Choice Voucher program and the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA). She is a graduate of DCHA's Family Self Sufficiency program and became a homeowner through the agency's Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program. Today, Shernita works for the DCHA assisting other families who face similar adversities. In 2017, HUD awarded the DC Housing Authority $268 million to support housing assistance programs and other supportive services.

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< [Tiffany from Chicago, IL]>

Tiffany
Chicago, IL

"I started using drugs after a car accident 10 years ago. I got addicted to pain pills and then it moved to heroin. Even though I have two amazing sisters and parents, I have been in and out of treatment and jail ever since and spent a few months living in alleys and abandoned buildings. I've been to other places, but it was never enough. Here at A Safe Haven they work with you to get you everything you need. I've come a long way; I'm 100% better now. I know I can make it if I stay here. I don't ever want to go back. My parole is over, but I will stay to work on recovery and treatment. My goal is to open a kennel. I love dogs and think that is what God wants me to do."

Tiffany struggled with drug abuse and homelessness for a decade before receiving a court recommendation to seek help from A Safe Haven (ASH). Despite her strong relationship with her family, Tiffany lived on the streets and in jail for a number of years as a direct result of her battle with addiction. ASH in Chicago serves as a shelter and support center for people struggling with drug abuse. The Chicago branch was recently named a HUD EnVision Center. Individuals are coached through recovery and supported on their journey to self-sufficiency. HUD awarded over $2 billion to Continuum of Care programs across the country in 2017 to give people like Tiffany a second chance. To learn more about ASH, please visit ASafeHaven.org.

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< [Chevelle from Cincinnati, OH]>

Chevelle
Cincinnati, OH

"The public housing program has affected my life tremendously - in a good way, of course. I enrolled in their Family Self-Sufficiency program and it's given me the push to get up and try again. I got my high school diploma and am on my way to becoming a dental assistant. I'm excited about working towards my next goal - homeownership! If you never try, you will never know. All things are possible and dreams really do come true."

Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority's (CMHA) Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program works with residents to set goals that help lead them to self-sufficiency. They also receive community resources and supportive services to meet these goals. HUD invested $75 million in the FSS program in 2017 to help people like Chevelle become self-sufficient.

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< [Kevin from Columbia, MO]>

Kevin
Columbia, MO

"While I was getting my Master's in Business, I wasn't working and did not know how I was going to pay my rent. I had three young children and was a single parent. My cousin told me that the Columbia Housing Authority had opened for Section 8 housing. I waited in line for several hours and while waiting my head was telling me, 'I am not going to get this.' Boy, was I wrong. I qualified to receive a Housing Choice Voucher and was able to enroll in the Family Self-Sufficiency program. I am so happy that I stayed in line."

The Columbia Housing Authority's (CHA) Family Self-Sufficiency program connects participants with case managers who help them develop goals. Enrollees have access to an escrow account which helps them move toward financial independence. Kevin's goals are to become an established therapist and a homeowner. HUD invested $75 million in FSS in 2017 to help people like Kevin make their dreams come true.

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< [Rosanna from Midwest City, OK]>

Rosanna
Midwest City, OK

"I moved to Muskogee, Oklahoma in 2012 with my three kids and was able to get my very first apartment as a single parent at Port City Acres. Moving from California was the biggest decision of my life at that time because I was leaving an unsafe situation. When I got here, all I had was two boxes of clothes and my children. I had no high school diploma, no job, minimal skills and let's not forget bad credit. All the odds seemed stacked against me at the time. When I met Shirlene, she introduced me to HUD's Family Self-Sufficiency [FSS] program and all it offers. With this program I was able to tell Shirlene my goals and dreams. We sat down and put together a 5-year plan. First, I got my GED and employment - with these two accomplishments, doors to other opportunities opened. I began college courses at Connors State College in Muskogee. Shirlene was able to share workshops such as "Bridges Out of Poverty." After I completed this workshop the next step was a Homebuyer Education class. The amount of opportunity never stopped and with each accomplishment I was searching for the next step. I am a firm believer that my current life for my family would have not been possible without the help of the Muskogee Housing Authority. I graduated my 5-year FSS plan in 3 years and had earned almost S13,000 for our first home. I am now a home owner in Midwest City, Oklahoma. I am married with four children and continue my education at Rose State College. I've studied Business with a focus in Marketing and I'm on track to graduate in Summer 2019. I hope to one day help others as Shirlene, the Muskogee Housing Authority, and the FSS program have helped me."

The Muskogee Housing Authority administers HUD's FSS program, connects HUD-assisted families with the resources, skills and opportunities needed to achieve self-sufficiency. HUD invested $75 million in FSS in 2017 to help people like Rosanna become financially independent.

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< [David from Charleston, SC]>

David
Charleston, SC

"I enrolled into the substance abuse training program in July of 2000. After four attempts, God still did not give up on me. I successfully completed the program and was hired at Goodwill. I worked there for a year before entering the HUD-VASH program. Eventually, I came on part-time at the veterans hospital. I excelled at my job and was hired full-time. The housing program helped me to establish myself back into society and, today, I am independent and eight years sober. I have to thank the staff of the housing program for making me a productive member of society -- clean, sober and independent. Praise Jesus!"

The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston participates in the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program which supports homeless veterans. HUD-VASH is a partnership between HUD's Housing Choice Voucher program and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide rental assistance, case management, and clinical services to those who have served our country. HUD and the VA recently announced a $35 million grant to help veterans like David find a home.

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< [Kelly and Souny from Long Beach, CA]>

Kelly and Souny
Long Beach, CA

"We got the apartment! We just stood there in the aisle at Walmart crying together. It was the most touching time in my life, except for my daughter's birth."

Kelly and Souny recount the day they found out they were selected for an apartment at Century Villages at Cabrillo (CVC). Their limited income and student loans had made it impossible for them to get approved for an apartment. CVC provides 662 units of permanent supportive housing across the community. Every year, CVC provides housing for 2,199 people including 1,042 Veterans and 600 families with children. The 27-acre campus has benefited from $66 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and nearly $18 million in HUD Capital Investment.

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< [Tanya from Anne Arundel, MD]>

Tanya
Anne Arundel, MD

"After the loss of my son to gun violence, I went through a very dark period. I needed to feel complete and decided to go back to college. I enrolled in the Family Self-Sufficiency program. The program helped me turn my dreams into goals. I have the ability to earn and build savings through the escrow account -- it gives me incentive to work harder. Thirty-four years after dropping out of college, I'm proud to say I earned my Bachelor's degree and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Currently, I'm pursuing a double Master's in Christian Care and Divinity. It's never too late to beat the odds and accomplish your dreams!"

The Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County's Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program provides job training, educational programs, and money management services to enrollees. HUD-assisted individuals enrolled in the program outline goals they will accomplish through the program. Tanya's goals are to become a licensed chaplain, to own a home, and to open an assisted living facility for vulnerable adults. HUD invested $75 million in FSS in 2017 to help people like Tanya climb the ladder of economic opportunity.

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< [Eric from Long Beach, CA]>

Eric
Long Beach, CA

"Before I came here [Century Villages at Cabrillo], I lived in transitional housing and I had to share everything. There was always too much noise or somebody in your room slamming dominos. Here, I was the first person to use my bathroom. You don't know what a feeling that is! I love being here, and I think for some people this is a stepping stone to other things or other programs. For a lot of us, this is the end of the line. For me, this is my home. There is no other place I would rather be right now."

Century Villages at Cabrillo (CVC) provides 662 units of permanent supportive housing in Long Beach, CA. Every year, CVC provides housing for 2,199 people including 1,042 Veterans and 600 families with children. The 27-acre campus has benefited from $66 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and nearly $18 million in HUD Capital Investment.