Self-Sufficiency Fund

To reduce the risk of dependency on public assistance among recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), our Self- Sufficiency Fund Program provides training for employment opportunities that enable participants to achieve self-sufficiency while retaining their dignity.

Employment Forecast

The construction, warehouse, and welding industries are forecast for consistent long-term growth that will generate hundreds of local jobs for which skilled workers are needed.

Once certified in a skill, Civic Heart program graduates can expect to earn two to three times that of a non-certified or minimum wage laborer, and sometimes, even more.

The career training program aims to develop projects that:

  • will create jobs in the workforce areas through collaboration
  • allow participants who complete the training to attain an industry- recognized certificate or credential in one of the following targeted areas:


    • Certified Logistics Associate
    • Sheet Metal 1
    • Drywall
    • Painter 1
    • Craft Laborer


    • Forklift Operator


    • Welder Level 1

    Eligibility Criteria

    • Living in Harris County at the time of enrollment
    • Recipient and individuals at risk of becoming dependent on public assistance
    • TANF recipients
    • TANF-eligible
    • Earn less than $37,000 a year with a dependent
    • Has a desire to better their situation

    Additional Support

    • Financial literacy
    • Job-readiness workshop
    • Dress for success / Career Gear interview attire
    • Job placement
    • Food For Change Scholarship
    • Free admission to ALL Civic Heart job fairs

Program Staff

Kira Promise
Program Coordinator

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