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Family Self-Sufficiency

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program

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.

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