The Family Self-Sufficiency Program
The purpose of HUD’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program is to promote the development of local strategies to coordinate the use of rental assistance under the Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher programs with public and private resources. The FSS program enables participating families to increase earned income, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance and make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency. The FSS program is only open to the head of household receiving assistance with rent through public housing or the housing choice voucher program of a participating public housing authority.
FSS coordinators link adults in the HCV program with welfare agencies, schools, businesses and other local partners to develop skills and experience to enable them to obtain jobs that pay a living wage. The local organizations typically provide participating individuals with job training, childcare, counseling, transportation, job placement and homeownership counseling.
Participants in the FSS program sign a contract that requires the head of the household to get a job with sufficient earnings so the family will no longer need TANF cash assistance by the end of the five-year contract. As the household's earned income rises, much of the resulting increase in their rent is deposited in an interest-bearing escrow account. When the head of household completes the FSS contract, they receive the escrow funds and that they can use for any purpose, including a down payment on a home, paying educational expenses, starting a business or paying back debts. Currently, four housing authorities in New Hampshire offer an FSS program:
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