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CITCI Senior Manager Carol Wren said the matched savings and financial education program is Alaska's oldest and the largest in the country specifically for Alaska Native and American Indian people.
And CITCI's program, funded in 1998 by Congress as part of a five-year, $125 million "Assets for Independence Act."
CITCI helped her with job training and after volunteering as a file clerk for the nonprofit, she eventually landed a job there as a receptionist.
And every month a portion of her pay was direct deposited into the account she set up through CITCI to match her savings toward a down payment on a home.
It took her two years to save the maximum $800 eligible for CITCI's 5:1 match.
Other CITCI IDA program partners include The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Wells Fargo, Cook Inlet Housing Authority and Consumer Credit Counseling Services.
Kim Henry, an IDA specialist with CITCI, said participants are required to save $10 a month from earned income and attend mandatory literacy classes.