Family Self Sufficiency (FSS)

Family Self Sufficiency is a voluntary HUD program available to all Public Housing tenants and Section 8 participants which supports them in building financial assets as the household increases earned income from wages. A Contract of Participation generally lasts five (5) years, during which time program participants initially identify and develop their personal, educational, and professional goals that include:

Obtaining/maintaining employment
All members of the household end Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
for twelve months prior to completion of contract

Goals may also include:

  • Educational advancement (e.g. GED or post-secondary)
  • Completion of specialized job training
  • Career advancement
  • Home ownership

 

The FSS program involves goal setting, mentoring and financial incentives to empower
individuals and families in making positive life changes.

As part of BHP’s FSS program, participants work with an FSS Coordinator to develop
an individualized service plan that outlines specific activities/goals needed to achieve economic self- sufficiency. Throughout the program, the FSS Coordinator monitors participants’ progress and supports them in moving toward self-sufficiency.

As participants achieve employment goals and increase their household income
from wages, their share of rent increases based on their income. An amount
equitable to the monthly rent increase is set aside each month into an escrow savings
account for most participants. When participants meet all of their goals and graduate
from the program, they are eligible to receive a payout of the escrow accrued during their
participation.

Note: Participants in the Family Self Sufficiency Program do not risk losing their
housing assistance if their contract goals are not met.

For more information please call:
Lucy Tell; BHP Housing FSS Coordinator: 802 490-4220 or 802-257-1012