The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program
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- Last Updated on 10 April 2014
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FSS - Partnership for Success
The FSS Program is a partnership between low income families on the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This five-year program helps families who are receiving rental assistance move to economic independence.
What does the program provide?
- The opportunity to work with an FSS Coordinator who will help you make a 5-year plan for success. This plan may include employment with increased earnings, training, more education, or other services.
- The chance to earn a cash reward based on your earned income increase. This reward is called escrow.
- Continuous support and encouragement from your FSS Coordinator.
- Help to solve problems and find needed services and current job openings
- Self- sufficiency workshops
What are the workshops about? Successful people are constantly learning new skills.
FSS Coordinators will connect you to self-sufficiency skills through referrals and workshops like:
- Financial management and credit repair
- Stress management
- Job interviewing
- Family communication
- Home ownership preparation
Other benefits include:
- Scholarship Fund
- Referrals to community services
- Access to current job listings
- Invitations to job fairs and other community activities
HACA’s FSS program has a track record of success. Since 2001, more than 270 families have graduated and received an average escrow reward of $9888. These families reduced or eliminated their need for government assistance. They reached personal goals that included being debt free, graduating college, and over 25 families bought their own homes.
How do I join this partnership for success?
If you are a Section 8 participant, call the Housing Authority at (510) 727-8582 . You will be invited to an orientation meeting to learn more about the program.
We are participating in a national study of the FSS Program. The FSS Program will not change, but enrollment will be done through a lottery. All applicants will be placed into a lottery where they will have a 50/50 chance of being selected for participation in the program.