Family Self Sufficiency Program – Information You Need to Know!

The Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program was designed to help individuals with Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV), formerly Section 8, and Public Housing residents to achieve self-chosen goals that will help them to support themselves with decreasing dependence upon public services.  The HCAAC helps participants of the FSS program to achieve these goals.

HCAACs FSS program can help your family in many ways, here are the most popular:

Job Training/Employment Counseling
Increased Education
Substance/Alcohol abuse treatment/counseling
Child Care Assistance
Enhanced Quality of Life
Homeownership Counseling
Credit Counseling
Money Management
Self Esteem
Cash Reward via Escrow Account*
* The escrow account is established when the participant’s rent increases because of an increase in their EARNED INCOME (Increased Employment Earnings Only).  The escrow account accrues interest, and is maintained by the Housing Commission until the participant has successfully completed their contracted goals of participation.

To become an FSS participant you must first, and most importantly,  have determination and a willingness to do whatever it takes to achieve your goals.  Then take these steps:

Step 1 – Attend an FSS Orientation
Step 2 – Submit a FSS Survey, Application, and Sign a Contract of Participation
Step 3 – Develop and Accomplish the Goals of an Individual Training and Services Plan
Step 4 – Maintain frequent contact with your FSS coordinator and give updates on your progress
Step 5 – Graduation – At this point, any escrow money you would have earned will be dispersed to you.,