What is Family Self-Sufficiency?
The Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) is a program designed to provide individual case management services to residents of public housing and section 8 for the purpose of achieving self-sufficiency. The participants identify specific goals in which they agree to pursue accomplishing with the assistance of a case manager. These goals are concentrated in areas of education, job training and placement, budgeting and finance, credit repair, the purchase of a vehicle and/or home and much more. Goals will vary based on each individual's needs.
More than 100 families have benefited from FSS since its inception. The program provides a holistic case-management approach involving community networking to assist families in obtaining self sufficiency through a long-term
Contract of up to five years. The goal of FSS is to encourage and assist participants to attain permanent full time employment and become free of all welfare assistance programs.
The FSS Coordinator will provide such services as:
Assistance in identifying and reaching goals within specific time frames.
Referrals to community support services.
Assistance with financial planning when requested.
Informational and educational workshops.
Who is Eligible for Enrollment into the FSS Program?
Any individual who is a resident of public housing or receiving housing subsidy through Section 8 is eligible to enroll into the Family Self-Sufficiency Program. These individuals must also be in compliance with their local Housing Authority as well as other community support agencies.
FSS is offered to all families who meet the eligibility criteria without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin in accordance with federal fair housing and equal opportunity laws.
Questions and Answers
Q: How will I benefit by enrolling in the FSS Program?
A: By enrolling into the FSS Program, you will receive individual case management services that will assist you in establishing and accomplishing personal goals. Accomplishing these goals will enable you to become self-sufficient.
Q: If I choose not to enroll into the FSS Program, will it effect my living in Section 8 or Public Housing?
A: No, the FSS Program is a voluntary program offered to residents of Section 8 and Public Housing.
Q: Are all adult members of a household required to participate in the program if one decides to enroll?
A: No, It is required that only the head of house- hold sign a contract of participation and develop a set of goals, although we encourage that other adult members participate since they also contribute to the household.
Q: What are some of the accomplishments made by FSS Participants?
A: FSS Participants have accomplished a variety of goals, which include improved budgeting, established savings, improved credit history, further education, job training and placement, homeownership, and much, much more.