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IDA Helped Single Mother Get Off Welfare Massachusetts
At one point, Erica was living in subsidized housing in Boston with her two young sons. The majority of their meals consisted of dry, packaged goods lacking in nutrition. Looking to better her situation, she enrolled in an Individual…
 
Woman Dedicates Her Life to Building Assets for People with Disabilities National
Megan O'Neil got into a car accident that changed her life - and others' lives.…
 
Saving for a Home, $10 at a Time Pennsylvania
Michelle Simmons had one goal: to buy her own home. As a single mother of two, though, it was no easy task. Due in part to an Individual Development Account (IDA), she achieved her goal.…
 
Louisiana Department of Social Services - Asset Building Policies Louisiana
In recent years - and very prominently in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita - the state of Louisiana has taken a number of important steps to make asset building a priority. In particular, the Louisiana Department of Social Services…
 
Single Mother Owns Home After Years of Public Housing California
Louisa Padilla - a single mother of three kids - has never been so grateful than she was after buying her first house - a manufactured home in Oakland, California.…
 
Grandmother Goes Back to School and Starts Business Indiana
There aren't too many grandmothers that go back to school and then start their own business, but Laura Burke is one of them.…
 
Ira and Hazel Cheatham purchased their Portland, Oregon home in 1983. Oregon
Ira and Hazel soon got a call from the lending institution urging the elderly couple to consolidate this loan, along with all their credit card debt, into a single mortgage. According to Ira, the financial institution promised that the couple…
 
Immigrant Escaped Poverty with Matched Savings National
Cesilia Bueso tells her friends that she is living proof that with hard work and years of savings, their dreams of homeownership can come true.…
 
Dennis Eliminated 80% of His Debt through an IDA Program Illinois
Dennis Matthews' life is unrecognizable since he enrolled in the IDA program. Before enrolling, he was $10,000 in debt and faced a 45% salary reduction after being laid off.…
 
Dena Jo Squyres, like a typical 16 year-old girl, enjoys hanging out with her friends, shopping and playing softball Oklahoma
Dena is a natural leader who plans to become a doctor. She knew that her parents could not afford the cost of college. "I wasn't sure if it was possible to pay for college on my own and I had almost given up hope," Dena admits. "However, now,…
 
Becoming Her Own Boss, Building a Better Life for Her Children California
As a single mother, Olga Estrada dedicated her entire life to raising her daughter and son. She left Nicaragua and moved to northern California in the hopes of offering them a better life than she had.…
 
Mother Struck by Meningitis and Used IDA to Bounce Back Unknown
For 20 years, training and racing horses is how Pat Smith supported her family; but when she was diagnosed with spinal meningitis, that was no longer possible.…
 
From Foreclosure to Homeowner Washington, DC
Lifelong Washington, D.C. resident, Barbara Gray, never thought she would be able to be a homeowner again.…
 
Liberian Refugee Used IDA to Start Small Business New York
Okra, eggplant, palaza and dried fish. While some may think "exotic food," Juah Dyer thinks "business opportunity."…
 
Family Dug Out of Debt, Saved to Buy Home with IDA Washington, DC
Lisa Long and her husband, Antonio, own their home, are building their 401(k) accounts at work and have a savings account for emergencies. Even their children have savings accounts.…
 
From Homeless to Homeowner Washington, DC
"Both my wife and I had been renting for years," said new homeowner Marvin Talley. "So owning our new home finally gives us a sense of wealth and roots; it's something that is ours."…
 
IDA Created Opportunity for Woman at "an economic dead end" California
Sunny Suppa had a dream.…
 
No More Shelters: IDA Helped Mother of 3 Buy Her First Home Colorado
Just a few years ago, Sunshine Cross had no job, no home, no college education and three sons to care for. Now, she has a job she loves, owns a home, earned her Bachelor's degree and is pursuing her graduate degree.…
 
Resident Saved 150 Manufactured Homeowners From Eviction Oregon
Ernie Howell believes his life has a new purpose: preserving his community. He got off to a good start when he prevented 150 families from being evicted from their manufactured homes park in Roseburg, Oregon.…
 
Manufactured Home Residents Own and Run Their Community New Hampshire
Frank Ellis, a 73-year-old semi-retired machinist, and his wife Joanne, 71, were looking for a quiet place to live after their kids moved out. They quickly found a "quiet, close-knit community" of manufactured homes in Raymond, New Hampshire.…
 

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