Residents Graduate Homeownership Program
ROXBORO (N.C.) -- Roxboro Housing Authority (RHA) partnered with Person Co. Habitat for Humanity and Christian Help Center to hold a five-week seminar in Nov. 2021, preparing three Family Self- Sufficiency (FSS) Program participants and others for homeownership. Five head of households completed the seminar and now qualify for obtaining a local Habitat house.
"Active steps to move away from welfare toward independence through this homeownership partnership was accomplished," said Felts Lewis, RHA executive director. "I am proud of the FSS participants for striving to accomplish their stated goal of obtaining a place of their own and grateful to our partners for their efforts to make this series possible."
Several guest speakers discussed a variety of topics, including debt management, using S.M.A.R.T goals, succeeding at work and school, and cultural diversity.
Participants learned about maintaining good credit and establishing a stable checking or savings account with a local bank or financial institution.
The families met two days a week for five weeks at the RHA Administrative Office community room. Dinner meals and childcare were provided at each session to reduce participation barriers.
On Nov. 10, 2021, the five graduates received a certificate of completion and have been added to the list of potential homeowners with the Habitat for Humanity of Roxboro, N.C.
Larry Mayfield, Roxboro Housing's FSS coordinator, played a key role in organizing the series. Sandi Daniel of the Christian Help Center facilitated the organization's Person County Success Initiative series.
This is one of several RHA community engagement activities to help residents engage, grow and become self-sufficient during the COVID-19 pandemic.