Owning a home seems out of reach for so many people, especially in today’s economy. Even with declining home prices, for many in affordable and assisted housing, the dream of owning their own home is just that – a dream.
Rabon Sanders knows all too well about circumstances getting in his way for the proverbial American Dream.
Self-employed for 23 years, owning an accounting business and then consumer electronics business, Sanders had it all: family, career, success, health. And then a rare disease called Post-Polio Syndrome from a sickness he had when he was three years old, caused his body to gradually weaken until he lost his ability to walk. Not only did he lose his ability to walk, he lost his health, his family, his business and his money.
Disabled and on a fixed income, for the last 12 years, Sanders lived in public housing. He said “I lost my pride and my hope.” After he began participating in the Housing Choice Voucher program Sanders began pursuing a variety of first time home buyers programs through local government agencies. Eventually he received approval for assistance from the City of
Sanders says he “can’t say enough about the PCHA’s home ownership program. I’m so grateful that they took the initiative to open it back up.” Now that he is settled into his new home, he has taken on the task of helping others reach similar goals that he has had the privilege of achieving through beneficial programs such as PCHA’s.
Because June is National Home Ownership month and he has such a fascinating life journey, Sanders was recognized at the June Board meeting as an inspiration to others and as the first homeowner since PCHA’s program was reinstated. Speaking to PCHA’s Board he said, “I just appreciate your efforts tremendously. It’s a time when there are opportunities that many people can take advantage of. I’m proud to live where I do and I haven’t had that pride of living quarters for quite a long time.”
He thanked Executive Director
On June 1st, PCHA opened its