Since 1996, residents of the Brockton Housing Authority’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program have been teaching themselves and others that the important components to homeownership are; a job that pays enough to support a mortgage, good credit, and an appropriate down payment.
These efforts have paid off. In 1999, residents in the FSS program earned a “Best Practices” Award from U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and in 2003 the program won an Award of Merit from New England National Association of Housing and Urban Development Officials, (NAHRO.) But the real test is in the homeowners themselves. Every year we add more homeowners to our roster, proving that education is the key to a higher-paying job, and homeownership is within reach when the family has good credit and a well-paying job.
Participants in our FSS program are a major component of our efforts to teach these concepts. FSS Participants designed the motto “The More You Learn the More You Earn,” and as their understanding grows, so does that of the staff and residents at the Brockton Housing Authority.