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Breaking the Cycle: Terry's Story

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty with the New Albany Housing Authority and the Family Self-Sufficiency Program.

Case #1- Terry (real name withheld)

Five years ago Terry found herself in crisis and moved into an apartment at the New Albany Housing Authority. She was a single mother with 4 small children, no job or much of an education beyond high school. Through NAHA and the Family Self-Sufficiency Program Terry was able to get the support she needed for her and her family’s future. Terry got a full-time job that paid minimum wage and put her children in school and daycare. The Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) knew that if Terry was to succeed and move out of public housing then she would need more than just a job paying minimum wage; she would need a career. That’s when Terry enrolled in college. There have been many struggles along the way, but through it all Terry has received guidance, encouragement and support from the case managers at FSS. That support, along with Terry’s inner drive to succeed, has helped change her life and give her and her children a bright future. Terry has just completed her nursing degree and is well-equipped to join the workforce. Soon she and her family will be leaving NAHA and making way for the next success story to join Family