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Pathway to Independence: Program Helps Participants Become Self-Sufficient, Improve Lives


Rachel Ben-Ismail is quickly learning what goes into home ownership, whether it’s figuring out why the heat hasn’t kicked in or putting together a landscape plan.  Before buying her house on Jefferson Street, Ben-Ismail had lived most of her life in subsidized housing and never had to worry about those sorts of things.  She grew up living in properties managed by the Chicago Housing Authority and received assistance from the Oshkosh/Winnebago Housing Authority after moving to Wisconsin.  But they were issues she wanted to tackle, and a federal housing program administered by the housing authority gave her a way to do it.

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