Stable, affordable housing is the platform for a successful future. Washington's Housing Authorities know this and have begun numerous innovative initiatives, both on site and with local partners. Leveraging their access to vulnerable populations in order to positively influence outcomes outside of housing.
Tacoma Housing Authority
Saving for the Future
HA’s Children's Savings Account program, in partnership with Tacoma Public Schools, helps resident children save for college through matching funds and by rewarding academic success and completion of stipulated goals. By the end of high school students are able to save up to $9,700 to use to further pursue their education.
Vancouver Housing Authority
Play and Learn
Early learning plays a big role in school success. Play and Learn is a program for parents and children ages 0 to 5 years old. Children and parents participate together in fun, age appropriate activities. Parents also learn about how early brain development and ways to encourage their children to develop the skills they need. Across Washington, Housing Authorities know that investing in our youngest residents will ensure they grow up to be productive members or our society.
King County Housing Authority
KCHA's GLEA program is a partnership with Highline Public Schools to provide extra support for Housing Authority residents to prepare their children for kindergarten. Through a series of home visits and a 9-week workshop KCHA has been able to capitalize on its unique access to the low-income children in its communities.
Mid-Columbia Housing Authority
MCHA encourages residents of all abilities to discover new passions and define new opportunities. They are committed to building skills that will help individuals and their families move up the ladder of self- sufficiency. These skills are obtained through the completion of training focused on attaining, managing assets and establishing an Individual Development Account (IDA). This account is a matched savings account that enables families with limited financial resources to save and build assets. IDA’s encourage savings by matching participant deposits, which then are invested in one of the following assets: