The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program is an asset-building program designed to help participants of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program transition into a life of social and economic self-sufficiency
. How does FSS Work?
- During the term of the FSS contract, you will work with your case manager to link to resources, training, and job opportunities to help you move forward to achieve your coal of financial success.
- In most cases, when your earned income increases and it results in an increase in your portion of rent, deposits may start to accumulate into the FSS escrow savings account.
- It’s that simple!
- Because there is no risk to you! Participation in the Family Self-Sufficiency Program is voluntary. There is no penalty for trying the program. Participation does not affect your Section 8 Participation in any way!
- However, families/individuals who choose not to participate in FSS do lose a wide array of opportunities to improve their future.
- Support and encourage your success! Link you with resources to achieve career/educational goals.
- Enhance your employability skills to secure better paying jobs and benefits.
- Offer one-on-one, individualized case management so that your financial goals such as buying a car, homeownership, or reducing the burden of debt become a reality.
- Virtually anyone who is currently on the Section 8 rental assistance program who has a goal to obtain suitable employment.
An Example of how the FSS Program Works:
Paul and Joanna Schmidt are married and have two children. Paul is currently unemployed and attending truck-driving school to obtain his CDL license. Joanna works part-time as a cashier at a convenience store. The Schmidts live in a 2-bedroom apartment that rents for $600 monthly. On the Section 8 program, their share of the rent is $50 per month at the beginning of their participation. Three months later, Paul secures and entry-level job as a truck driver and Joanna maintains her employment. Due to the increase in the family’s earned income, their share of rent increases to $150 monthly on Section 8, regardless of whether they enroll in the FSS Program. Since the Schmidts have opted to join the Family Self-Sufficiency Program, their escrow Benefit will now start to accrue at $100/month (approximately). The FSS Program begins to make monthly deposits into an FSS escrow savings account to the extent their increased earned income causes their portion of the rent to increase: $100 Per month x 12 months = $1,200 per year, and that’s just the beginning! As your earnings increase, so does your benefit potential!
If you are interested in joining the FSS family, please call us today. We will help you achieve your career goals, identify any barriers to success, and provide all the encouragement and support that you need to succeed. We will connect you to local service providers for childcare, transportation, education, career counseling, job placement and training, financial planning and budgeting, health and parenting skills, legal services and stress management. You can also read about FSS Success stories here. The FSS Coordinators are Di Lyn Larsen-Hill and Kate Geckler, and you can reach us at 541-963-5360, ext. 32 and 27.