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Family Self-Sufficiency - FSS

What Is “FSS"?

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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 governmental assistance. The FSS Staff provides the structure and support necessary to break down barriers and achieve goals. Once an 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’s up to you to decide how far you’ll go. And it’s 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!

What We Do

The Tallahassee Housing Authority’s (THA) FSS program is designed to address the many issues and barriers that keep a family from becoming self-sufficient. The FSS Program works with the participant and identifies resources to address and monitor the needs of the entire family. The FSS staff provides an array of services in conjunction with our network of Community Partners.  Our more featured services include:

  • Guidance
  • Vocational Training
  • Transportation
  • Job Search Skills
  • Education
  • Homeownership
  • Physical and Mental Wellness

FSS Staff

Some services are provided by the trained staff of the FSS Program. The FSS Staff will assess the needs of the participants, develop short and long-term goal plans, help participants create resumes, improve their employability, provide referrals to community agencies for necessary services, and establish escrow accounts.

Program Coordinating Committee

Other services are provided through our Links to community agencies through the Program Coordinating Committee (PCC). The PCC is comprised of individuals from the community, representatives from local agencies, employees of government service agencies, THA reps, and FSS participants.

How do I become a participant in the FSS Program?

The first step is to attend an FSS Program Orientation.

Orientation is only held a few times each year, so it is important for you to attend one as soon as possible.

After the Orientation, you must attend an FSS Interview. You will be notified by mail if you have been accepted into the FSS Program.

Once you sign the FSS Contract of Participation, you will begin the journey to economic independence.

For more information, call Victor Jean at 850-385-6126, and choose ext 305.