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The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program is
a HUD sponsored effort to assist families to become economically
What is Family Self-Sufficiency?
The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program
is a HUD sponsored effort to assist families to become economically
self-sufficient. FSS participants sign a five-year contract,
during which time they complete an educational or vocational
program, obtain employment, and become free from government
assistance. The FSS staff provides the structure and support
necessary to break down barriers and achieve goals. Once a
FSS participant obtains employment, he or she may begin to
save money in an escrow account which is awarded upon completion
of the program.
There is a catch, though. You are in the driver's seat. It
is up to you to decide how far you'll go. It is not easy. It
takes motivation, patience, and hard work, but thousands of
families across the country have seen their dreams realized
through the FSS Program. You could be the next success story.
How do I qualify?
Public Housing Resident or Section 8 Participant
is eligible to apply for the program. The
first step is to attend a FSS Program Orientation.
The orientation is only held a few times per
year, so it is important for you to attend
one as soon as possible. (Contact Larry Simmons,
Public Housing, at 224-0558, or Shawanza Turner,
Section 8, at 385-6126 x 330 for times and dates.)
After the orientation, you must attend a FSS
interview. You will be notified by mail if
you have been accepted into the program. Once
you sign the FSS Contract of Participation,
you will begin the journey to economic independence.