University of St. Francis is host to JHA event

The Joliet Housing Authority will hold its first graduation for participants of the Family Self-Sufficiency Program on Saturday, July 26 at the University of St. Francis (USF).

Four Joliet Housing Authority residents will celebrate their commencement from the program, according to R. Dale Evans, Family Self-Sufficiency Program coordinator. The event is from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Turk Theater, Moser Performing Arts Center.

U.S. Congressman Bill Foster, Illinois-District 11, and USF President Arvid Johnson will attend the event.

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program, offered through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), helps eligible individuals acquire the skills and experience they need to obtain work that pays a living wage, then offers them a unique savings opportunity as their earnings increase called an escrow account.

Public housing agencies (PHAs) work with welfare agencies, schools, businesses and other local partners to help FSS participants access services such as education, child care and home ownership.

The University of St. Francis, at 500 Wilcox St., serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in arts and science, business, education, nursing, health care and social work. For information, call (800) 735-7500 or visit

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