FWHS Celebrates 2023 Family Self-Sufficiency, Homeownership Graduates

By December 11, 2023 Uncategorized

FWHS holds an annual graduation ceremony to recognize the accomplishments of participants who reached their goals this year.

FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 11, 2023) – Fort Worth Housing Solutions (FWHS) recently held its annual Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) and Homeownership graduation ceremony on Thursday, recognizing and celebrating the achievements of participants who successfully completed their programs in 2023.

This year’s graduation saw 30 participants complete the FSS program and 15 individuals achieve homeownership. Notably, four graduates successfully completed both the FSS and homeownership programs. The participants, in line with their personal goals, secured and maintained employment, engaged in on-the-job training, completed vocational training and/or pursued higher education degrees.

The graduation was followed by a dinner in which participants celebrated with their accomplishments with their families and FWHS staff.

The Family Self-Sufficiency program is designed to connect residents with resources, financial preparedness courses and a dedicated case manager who works with them to achieve their goals. Upon enrolling in the FSS program, participating families establish an interest-bearing escrow account. Monthly contributions are made to the account based on increases in rent that a tenant would typically pay as their income rises. Upon graduation, participants can cash out their escrow account to support their next financial goal. In 2023, the average escrow check paid to graduates was $6,800, totaling approximately $115,000 in escrow payments distributed throughout the year.

“I feel like [this program] opened up a lot of doors in my brain, like, ‘Hey, you can do anything you put your mind to,’” FSS graduate Ramonica Parramore said. “I actually accomplished my goals.”

As an FSS participant, Parramore accomplished significant miles

tones including earning her driver’s license, purchasing a car and graduating with a degree and certifications to launch her career in medical billing and coding.

“It is an honor to celebrate each of you,” FWHS President Mary-Margaret Lemons said. “We are all so proud of everything you have been able to accomplish through your time in FSS and the impact it will have on your family and community around you.”