Everyday, Rochelle Washington sweeps her floors. She wipes down door knobs and inspects the window sills for dirt. She smiles whenever she notices the smell of the wood in her brand new three-bedroom house.
Washington spent 22 years as a renter and was dependent on the federal government’s rental assistance program known as Section 8. But in March, she became the first person in her family to purchase a home.
“When I was on Section 8, they helped me stay housed, but that was it,” said Washington. “I became a homeowner all on my own without the help of Section 8 or my landlord. These systems are supposed to be put in place to help, but all they do is hold you back.”