The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program
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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.
How do I join this partnership for success?
|If you are a Section 8 participant in our jurisdiction, call the Housing Authority at (510) 727-8582 or fill-out the ONLINE FORM . 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.|
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.