Family Self-Sufficiency Program
The Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) is an innovative, voluntary program that helps Section 8 participants achieve economic independence over a five-year period. Participants work with a case manager to assess their strengths, identify barriers, set goals and achieve them. FSS also helps participants with:
- Career Counseling
- English as a Second Language
- Job Readiness
- Child Care
- Money Management
- Home Ownership
- Credit Counseling
Section 8 participants whose goal is economic independence are eligible to participate in the program. Once the head or co-head of the household signs an FSS Contract of Participation, all family members in the home who are 18 years or older are also eligible for services.
Through the FSS Program, you can develop your job skills and gain the training you need to achieve economic independence. With your case manager as your advocate, you and other adult family members will access the resources you need to achieve short-term and long-term goals.
Normally, when income increases and you live in subsidized housing, your rent will increase. However, if you participate in the FSS program and your earned income increases, the Office of Housing will put a portion of your rent increase into an escrow savings account.
When you accomplish your goal of self-sufficiency within the period of your FSS contract, you will graduate and receive the money in your escrow savings account, which will have earned interest.
You may participate in the FSS program for up to five years. In some cases, FSS may extend the contract for two more years. You will graduate from FSS when you have achieved self-sufficiency -- that means when you no longer need temporary cash assistance.
For more information and how to enroll in the FSS Program, call 410-853-3312
Revised February 4, 2014
Revised April 6, 2016