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Family Self-Sufficiency Program

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program is an employment and savings program for families in federally subsidized housing. The program combines a powerful savings incentive with service delivery to support residents in reaching their financial capability goals.

How does it work?

When you are getting rental assistance, any time you secure earned income through employment, you may be able to establish an escrow savings account.  You are also connected with a case manager that will help support you in identifying, overcoming barriers and propel you towards achieving your financial goals. 

Am I eligible for the FSS program?

If you are a public housing resident or participant in the HCV programs, yes, you are eligible.

Will I lose my housing if I join?

No. If you are still income eligible and in compliance you will still get rental assistance.

How long is the program?

FSS is a five (5) year long program with a chance to extend for two (2) more years.

May I access the money early?

An interim disbursement may be requested from the escrow account once the FSS family has completed at least one (1) interim goal, in order to pay for a specific goods or services that will help the family make progress toward achieving the goals agreed upon.   

What makes me eligible to graduate?

  • Be suitably employed
  • Be free of cash welfare assistance
  • Meet the goals set in the Individual Training and Service Plan (ITSP).

How do I join FSS?

You may apply by contacting FSS Coordinator, Becky McDonald, by clicking here