Delray Beach Housing Authority Helps Woman Purchase New Home


Staff report

Thanks to help from the Delray Beach Housing Authority, Shermecha Lewis was able to purchase her new home through the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program.

Lewis is a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher/Family Self-Sufficiency participant, who recently purchased a new home in the Port Saint Lucie area.

Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) is a HUD program designed to help public housing residents, Housing Choice Voucher participants, and residents of multifamily assisted housing to increase their earnings, reduce their dependency on welfare assistance and rental subsidies, and build assets and financial capability.

Dorothy Ellington, President and CEO of DBHA presented an escrow check for down payment assistance to Lewis to use towards the purchase of her new home.

“The DBHA is proud to present a housewarming gift and escrow check to Ms. Lewis, helping her make the all American Dream of home ownership a reality,” Ellington said.

During her 5-years participating in the FSS program, Lewis established an escrow account with the Housing Authority. The FSS escrow account is an account maintained by the Housing Authority that grows as the earnings of FSS participants increase.