Money Smart seeks to offer path to self-sufficiency

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 10:48 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 1, 2009

COLUMBIA — Having lived in public housing and rental units most of her life, LaVonda Carter never really considered owning a house. That is, until she enrolled in a free program called Money Smart and bought her own home in 2004.