Despite countless challenges, many families served by housing authority programs have permanently exited poverty.
The Yakima Housing Authority
YHA's Cosecha program helps farm workers raise their families and empowers them economically to make a better future for them and their children.
Seattle Housing Authority
Hear about how SHA's residents have found new opportunities through stable housing.
Investing in Homeownership
Ruben came to Wenatchee in the 1990’s with $50 in his pocket to work in the apple industry, but two parents’ seasonal minimum wages wasn’t enough, so they moved into a rent-assisted apartment run by the Chelan County Housing Authority.
In 1996 the Ramirez family was able to purchase a home with a Self-Help Opportunities Program loan. After securing a stable place to raise his family, Ruben was eventually able to use the equity in his home to buy a small grocery store on Ferry Street, in the heart of south Wenatchee’s low income neighborhoods.
In the 22 years since, Ruben has bought and sold three homes, and become a business owner with assets over a million dollars. Ruben directly supports dozens of low-income people who staff his grocery store, live in his affordable rental apartments, and run small businesses out of his storefronts.
Homeownership programs are an important step in building the overall health, wealth, and well-being of Washington. Helping responsible, low-income families up that last rung of the ladder and out of poverty for good is a long term strategy that works for everyone.
Subsidized Housing to Homeowner
Misty just received her Housing Choice Voucher. We met her the day she signed her paperwork and began her search for a new home. Before even getting her voucher she had narrowed her search to four apartment complexes, one in Bellevue, one in Issaquah, and two in Kent.
Finding a place of her own has been an uphill challenge for Misty. She was living with her Aunt, but after her Aunt passed away, Misty struggled to find another stable place to live. Luckily, she has been able to stay with a friend in Spanaway, but knows this is not sustainable. On the verge of homelessness, Misty is also battling breast cancer. With her illness, she has been unable to work, and unable to afford a place to live.
With her new Housing Choice Voucher, Misty is excited to start a new life. She knows that having a place of her own will be her first step to starting anew and eventually achieving her goal of being able to pay her the rent on her own. The death of her Aunt and her cancer have made Misty realize how important affordable housing is for the many men and women suffering as she has. Misty asks that Congress “please make and fund affordable housing for those of us trying to make it.”