From the Toledo Blade:
Tatiana Brown was down on her luck and in a rut.
Working two jobs and trying to get by like millions of other everyday Americans, she found herself still struggling to get ahead. So in 2014, she turned to public housing.
She applied to Lucas Metropolitan Housing, was accepted to receive assistance, and was offered a place that would provide her and her young son some stability. It was a living situation she planned only to be temporary, for she had bigger goals and ambitions.
“I wanted to get my credit cleaned,” the 34-year-old said in an interview with The Blade. “I wanted to own a home. I’ve always wanted to own a home.”
Once she got situated at LMH, Ms. Brown was approached by her property manager about utilizing a program that could help her achieve some of her personal and professional goals, and maybe even put her on a path to no longer needing subsidized housing. She was hesitant at first, but wanting more out her life, she finally relented.
“It came to a point in my life where I said ‘What can I do?’ I’m struggling,” she recalled. “So we got started on my goals.”
Ms. Brown joined LMH’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program, a grant-funded program given to the local housing authority through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. LMH applies for the grant every year and has been offering the program to residents for 15 years.
Read the Toledo Blade's article "LMH program aims to help residents graduate out of public assistance," featuring Lucas Metropolitan Housing.