Expanding Opportunities for Residents
Although its primary organizational function is to provide housing, White Mountain Apache Housing Authority (WMAHA) has a long history of working closely with its residents to provide or refer them to appropriate social services.
The WMAHA Resident Services Program was created through HUD’s highly competitive Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) grant. These grants are awarded annually to housing authorities nationwide. In 2003, the WMAHA was the only successful applicant in all of Arizona. In 2007, WMAHA received another ROSS grant that combined the Family and Homeownership Services entitled "Healthy Lives, Healthy Homes." Each grant award totaled $350,000 or $700,000 overall.
The Resident Services Program has several goals:
To provide youth with activities that promote financial literacy and other life skills to build self-sufficiency, self esteem and outstanding citizenship
To provide programming that is access-friendly to tribal members whose primary language is Apache
To improve quality of life in subdivisions through further development and implementation of Neighborhood Watch Programs
To assist residents in identifying needs and further developing community cohesiveness through Resident Councils.
Program I - WMAHA Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) Service Coordinator Program:
Our ROSS program coordinates supportive services and activities designed to help WMAHA housing residents attain economic and housing self-sufficiency. This program works to promote the development of local strategies to coordinate the use of community organizations and services to assist residents. By partnering with local organizations WMAHA is able to locate and use services that should enable participating families to increase earned income, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance, make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency or help improve living conditions and enable residents to age in-place. The Coordinators coordinate services for residents and ensure that program participants are linked to the supportive services thy need to achieve self-sufficiency. WMAHA received HUD ROSS-SC and FSS Grants forthe Service Coordinators to support these programs.
Program II - WMAHA ROSS Family Self-Sufficiency Program (ROSS FSS):
The WMAHA Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program helps active participants eliminate their need for welfare assistance, and other social services programs by showing low-income tenants ways to develop new skills that will lead to economic financial independent and self-sufficiency. Participants are offered a variety of skills to get ahead, the opportunity to learn new skill and enhance old ones, and make progress toward economic independence and self-sufficiency.
Who is eligible for the Family Self-Sufficiency Program?
The WMAHA Family Self-Sufficiency Program (PH FSS) however, is open only to NAHASDA assisted residents and has a requirement of an escrow account for its participants.
If you need help to achieve self-sufficiency for you and your family and are interested in the Family Self-Sufficiency program, or just need some contacts with available services please call or stop by the White Mountain Apache Housing Authority office and request to meet with one of the Service Coordinator staff to learn about the programs in more detail and determine if you would qualify for one or both of these programs. WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU!
The Resident Services Program implements a cohesive set of programs that help WMAHA residents achieve economic and housing self-sufficiency:
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
WMAHA will sponsor a VITA site for the next three years to offer free tax help to low-to- moderate-income (generally, $39,000 & below) people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Certified volunteers will receive training to help prepare basic tax returns. Residents will benefit from free electronic filing.