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Fosters Education

Public housing creates… valedictorians, politicians, engineers, doctors.

Did you know?

  • Services like continuing education classes and daycare give public housing residents the tools and opportunities they need to succeed. Having a stable home enables everyone, from high school seniors to adults, to pursue higher education and a promising career path.

Did you know?

  • In 2030, the average sticker price for a private university could be as much as $130,428 a year, and a state school could cost $41,228 a year.

Did you know?

  • In the 2012-13 academic year, the average net cost for a full-time student at an in-state public university was roughly $18,000 (almost double what it was 20 years ago) for tuition, fees, room and board, books, and incidental expenses, according to the College Board.

Listen, watch, read, and share the stories that make it real.

  • Meet Eric

    Meet Eric

  • Meet Kimberly

    Meet Kimberly

  • Meet Chelsea

    Meet Chelsea

  • Meet Vickie and Ann

    Meet Vickie and Ann

Listen, watch, read, and share the stories that make it real (click to expand).

    • Meet Eric

      Meet Eric

    • Meet Kimberly

      Meet Kimberly

    • Meet Chelsea

      Meet Chelsea

Meet Chelsea

Graduate, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts - Resident, Sarasota, Florida

Chelsea and her family have overcome many hardships throughout the past 13 years, and where to live used to be one of them. As an orphan at the age of eight, Chelsea and her brother moved in with their grandmother, as well as her great-grandmother and great aunt. With the financial strain on the grandmother to provide for the family on a single income, they applied for and moved into public housing in Sarasota, Florida in 2000.

Chelsea's involvement in programs sponsored by the housing authority provided a wealth of stability and learning opportunities. Throughout her teenage years she participated in a 4-H Club; Kids Café, an afterschool feeding program through local Feeding America affiliates; and both participated in and taught nutrition classes to younger children in the community. At school, a convenient 15-minute walk from her new home, Chelsea became very involved in the band and was easily able to stay after school to participate.

Chelsea also had various cheerleaders and mentors growing up, including the Executive Director of the Sarasota Housing Authority, who provided her with the opportunity to intern at the housing authority for three consecutive summers. Housing authority case workers and her high school guidance counselor also influenced her both personally and academically, encouraging her to apply for scholarships and esteemed college programs. Ultimately, Chelsea received the HAI Group Scholarship Award and was accepted to the Women of Distinction Program at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

"From my personal experience, I know that every family [in public housing] has a different story," said Chelsea. "Most don't desire to live in public housing all their lives, but circumstances are never what you plan them to be. While I'm looking forward to my move away from public housing … I will always remember the stability it provided me while achieving my goals."

    • Meet Vickie and Ann

      Meet Vickie and Ann