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Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS)

Alecia Rhoe
My name is Alecia Rhoe. I am the Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Coordinator of Washington Housing Authority. I am someone who loves to see community elevate and am elated to be in a position where I am able to work with an amazing team to be sure that our residents reach their highest heights. As someone who has worked in public housing before, I count it an honor to say that I have worked with great tenants in eastern North Carolina in the past and look forward to working with you to reach self-sufficiency, whether it is related to acquiring a degree or certification, employment, an understanding of financial literacy, or creating stable, living conditions.

The Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) program is a granted funded program through HUD that focuses on housing and economic self-sufficiency for public housing tenants. Enrollees are connected to varying organizations and opportunities in Washington and Beaufort County based on the needs of the household to attain and maintain either housing or economic self-sufficiency.

The goal of economic self-sufficiency is to help tenants overcome obstacles that are limiting their ability to have a livable wage. Those may include but are not limited to receipt of a GED, creating a resume, finding employment, receiving childcare, and working towards homeownership. The steps to economic self-sufficiency vary and is based on the needs of the individual and the household.

Housing self-sufficiency, otherwise known as "aging in place," is focused on those individuals who are not able to work but may face issues such as transportation to doctors appointments, budget counseling, or rental assistance to avoid eviction.

For both economic and housing self-sufficiency, the goal of ROSS is to work with clients to determine the needs of the household and address them accordingly.

Public housing tenants that are interested in ROSS may call Alecia Rhoe at 252-644-6055
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