Family Self-Sufficiency
Abilene Housing Authority

On August 15, 2013, at the Abilene Christian University (ACU) Welcome Center, the Abilene Housing Authority (AHA) held its Inaugural Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Graduation ceremony!  The event was designed to honor six graduates of the FSS program.  The FSS program is a voluntary program designed to assist Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) participants to become financially self-sufficient.

AHA would like to send a special thanks to Congressman Neugebauer and State Senator Fraser’s Offices for presenting a “Congratulatory Letter” to each of the participants!  We would also like to thank City of Abilene Councilman, Anthony Williams for attending, ACU, James Batiste (AHA Commissioner) and Dr. Tony Roach (AHA Commissioner, Evangelist & Motivational Speaker) for being the Keynote Speaker!

AHA is proud to announce that even though the FSS program does not require that a graduating participant has to leave the HCV program, each of the six participants chose to voluntarily leave the program.  Many of the graduates mentioned that, “they no longer need government assistance and that they want other families in need to have the ability to utilize the program.”  The six participants honored during the inaugural graduation ceremony were:

Jessica Casarez,  Lydia Gonzales, Kandace Miller, Vonda Sills, Crystal Thomas, Amy Valesquez

 The AHA wishes each of these young ladies the best in their future endeavors!  We also congratulate them on their courage and determination to achieve their goals and to seek a better life for themselves and their families!          

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