Paving the Road to Self-Sufficiency
The LACDA takes pride in its efforts to help families achieve self-sufficiency by providing services ranging from case management and referrals to supportive social services through its Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program. During FY 2018-19, 480 residents were enrolled in the FSS Program, and 39 families moved into self-sufficiency. As a result of their hard work, approximately $427,000 in escrow funds were dispersed to those ready to purchase a home.
While each family’s road to self-sufficiency is different, some go the extra mile to better themselves, their families, and others in similar situations. During FY 2018-19, the LACDA submitted two FSS Program participants for recognition by the Pacific Southwest Regional Council of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. On May 20, 2019, both individuals were recognized for their outstanding achievements and program successes. Both participants embody the core values of passion, integrity, and ingenuity that are the backbone of the LACDA.
Graduate of the Year - Kenyonta Lee obtained a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher from the LACDA in 2009, and was able to secure permanent housing. In 2016, Ms. Lee joined the FSS Program, and, with the guidance provided by her FSS Coordinator, Janet Bode, and through self-motivation, Ms. Lee successfully reached her goal of homeownership in 2018.
Hero of Assisted Housing - Willie Hammond served in the United States Army during the 1980’s. In 2016, Mr. Hammond received rental assistance through the LACDA Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program and later began working for the Volunteers of America Los Angeles helping homeless veterans secure housing. Mr. Hammond relates firsthand with his clients and says helping homeless veterans get off the streets is his personal reward.