Next Level Savings Program / Family Self-Sufficiency

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Reach your goals while saving money!

The Next Level Savings Program is a five-year voluntary Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) available to families and individuals who currently receive a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) also known as a Section 8 Voucher. It is designed to assist you in setting and reaching your personal, financial, educational, and employment goals while potentially saving thousands of dollars!

The money saved while participating in the program comes directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It does not come from your personal earnings or income.

The savings is an incentive to keep working and stay focused on achieving your goals and dreams. During the program, the money is in a managed savings account. Once you've achieved your goals and graduated from the program, you collect your savings! 

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Whats Your Dream

Next Level Savings Program is about you, your family, and improving your life.

We believe that by building strong families we are building a stronger community. We are here to help you:

  • Identify and set individual and family goals
  • Learn financial management skills and build wealth
  • Learn skills to overcome obstacles that kept you from being self-sufficient in the past

Ready to take your life to the Next Level?

To get started, you simply inform your caseworker that you would like to join the Next Level Savings Program. Remember, you must currently receive a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher to participate. Then, LaMetra, the program coordinator, will reach out to you to schedule a meet and greet to talk about the next steps! 

Meet LaMetra

Your personal cheerleader, motivator, encourager, and coach.

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Going back to school, better employment, improved housing, financial stability— these things are possible and I am here to help you take your life to the Next Level. I will encourage you, keep you accountable, and connect you to the resources you need to achieve your goals. As we work together, you can begin to save money in a managed savings account. Past graduates have earned an average of $6,500. The more you earn…THE MORE YOU SAVE!

LaMetra Murdock, Next Level Savings Program Coordinator

Recent Testimonial

"I began my journey with the Next Level Savings Program with LaMetra Murdock just a few months ago. When I first discovered the program I was very unsure if this was a step I was willing to take. With LaMetra by my side and constantly reaching out to me to keep me on my feet, I never knew how much I procrastinated. She keeps my head clear on what the plan is all the time and always considers my desires and beliefs for a successful journey with this program. She helped me become more consistent with constant email reminders. Helping me with so many resources was the blessing in it all. Putting them into action was the work! I love that LaMetra came across my voicemail to make BIG BOSS MOVES!! Everyday without me even noticing I was making so much progress. Next Level Savings Program has shifted my life into another direction. A "hard working mama" kind of life. Thank you so much LaMetra for leading me in a more positive direction!"

Disclosure: An individual or family’s decision to not participate in the Next Level Savings Program (FSS) will not affect the individual’s or family’s admission to the public housing or housing choice voucher programs, nor will it affect the family’s right to occupancy in accordance with the lease.

Contact Us

  1. LaMetra Murdock  |  email
    Next Level Savings Program Coordinator
    Office: 563.690.6107
    Cell: 563.564.7489

    Historic Federal Building
    350 West 6th Street, Suite 312 Dubuque, IA 52001

    Hours
    Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m

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