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Collection Details


Collection Name: Special Research Projects: Gateway Transitional Families Program
Repository Name: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Wilson Library. Manuscript Collection. Southern Oral History Program [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
Local Identifier: R.7.
URL: http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/htm/04007.html#d0e51359
Description: Life history interviews with graduates and dropouts from the Gateway Transitional Families Program. The Gateway Program was authorized by Section 126 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1987 (Public Law 100-242, approved 5 February 1988), which allowed the Charlotte Housing Authority (CHA) to develop a program to help public housing residents become socially and economically self-sufficient so that they could buy their own homes. Public housing residents and people on the public housing waiting list entered the program and typically spent two years getting the education they needed to obtain jobs that paid at least $8.00 per hour. They could spend up to another five years strengthening their employment skills and increasing their incomes. Savings were encouraged through the use of escrow savings accounts, where a portion of the participant's rent goes into a bank account for the purpose of saving for a down payment for a home.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 10
Broad Subjects: Domestic life; Life Styles; Economics
ASP Subjects: Housing; Low-income housing; Oral history; Poor families; Public housing--Southern States; Southern States; United States
Collection Code: OHC0004607