April 29, 2013
MARTIN - A local woman is moving on up, following her recent completion of a housing authority program designed to create fiscal self sufficiency.
Angie Hurd is the most recent graduate from the Floyd County Housing Authority’s Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program. Hurd graduated from the program on March 22 of this year after meeting all of the programs objectives.
“I really appreciate the opportunity to finish a goal that benefits my family. I encourage everyone who qualifies to complete the program as well,” said Hurd. “My family and I are on the path to home ownership. This is my chance to achieve my next goal.”
Program coordinator, Michelle Gearheart, says that Angie started receiving escrow deposits into a savings account after a new job increased her household income.
“When Angie’s out of pocket rent went up or down her escrow deposits also fluctuated.” Gearheart stated.
Gearheart says that upon graduation Hurd was able to receive a check for nearly $11,500. “At graduation Angie was entitled to her entire escrow account balance.”
The Housing Authority of Floyd County’s Section 8 Rental Assistance Housing Choice Voucher Program operates a Family Self Sufficiency Program to assist participants of the Housing Choice Voucher Program in reaching their goals of becoming economically self sufficient.
The Family Self Sufficiency Coordinator links participants of the program to the services and resources available to them in the area, and then monitors their progress and assists them with obtaining services and finding resources that meet their individual needs through case management.