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Charlotte Public Housing Authority Celebrates 75 Years of Service

Charlotte Family Uses Public Houses as Step Up

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The Ohin family, originally from Togo West Africa, lives in a spacious three bedroom two and a half bath town house in West Charlotte. The neighborhood is tree-lined and the homes rise up, Bungalow style, with sprawling yards filled with children at play. This is not the public housing community of generations ago.

As the Charlotte Public Housing Authority commemorates 75 years of service, the Ohin family extends a big thank you to the CHA. The family of five is using the affordable housing opportunity as a step up.

The mother of the home, Asana says the CHA “helps me write a budget and figure out finances.” CHA's family self sufficiency program provides financial management to families. Asana says this home is a great start, but the housing authority also helps her family plan for the next phase of their lives. The family is saving up for a bigger house.

Asana and her husband are both in school. Once she gets her GED, Asana wants to become a chef. The kids, ages three, five, and eight are academically-focused, too. Mikaela and Mika are enrolled in the Spanish immersion program at Oaklawn Language Academy. They enjoy doing their homework at the kitchen table or at the desks set up in their rooms.

5,000 families are on the CHA waiting list. The Ohin's count their blessings that their dream of self- sufficiency is becoming a realitrealityersary - there is something to celebrate!

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