Housing authority resident moves toward self-sufficiency

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For one member of Roxboro’s Family Self-Sufficiency program, Feb. 18 was a landmark day.

Peaches Raglin graduated from the FSS program at the beginning of last Tuesday’s meeting at Roxboro Housing Authority’s Harris Gardens Community Center.

RHA executive director Felts Lewis, FSS coordinator Larry Mayfield, and ROSS coordinator Annie Graham honored Raglin by presenting her with an escrow payment of $6,357.

Raglin earned the money by paying into the fund each month when she paid her rent. Program participants agree to pay an amount greater than their monthly rent. The extra money is put into the escrow account as a savings tool.

Raglin received her escrow payment by meeting all of her stated goals in five years: landing long-term employment in the healthcare industry, obtaining a driver’s license and vehicle, improving credit and completing a six-week home ownership workshop. Raglin plans to put her escrow payment toward the purchase of her own home.

“I think it’s an excellent opportunity for residents to take advantage of,” said Lewis. “Getting jobs, training, also going through the five-year program in which you can obtain escrow money for your first home.”

Roxboro Housing Authority offers something unique to Person County residents.

“No one else is offering the FSS program here in Person County,” said Lewis. “Our residents can take advantage of it.”

People have the choice to graduate or remain in the voluntary FSS program.

“We’re very appreciative of those who have gone out of their comfort zone to just pay up,” said Lewis. “We’ve had a few successes that we’ve graduated, such as Peaches. We want to continue to improve the process through FSS.”

Raglin is the third graduate of the program in the three years Lewis has been with RHA.

“We plan on continuing the program,” said Lewis. “We’ve recently been awarded a $63,000 grant, which we will use for the FSS Coordinator’s salary and a benefits package, to continue the FSS program.”

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