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Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS)

Program Details

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program, is a free, voluntary program available to all HCV (Section 8) and Public Housing residents wishing to achieve self-sufficiency.

Participants in the Family Self-Sufficiency Program work with the FSS Coordinators to develop individualized, attainable, and measurable goals leading towards suitable employment and self-sufficiency. All participants sign a five year contract and an individual goal plan. Individual goal plans are available for any household member 18 years old or older. During the five years, participants will receive one-on-one case management and be given the opportunity to benefit from the activities and perks of the program, which include: being alerted of job openings and training opportunities, home ownership seminars, credit counseling, information on cost-cutting techniques, and more!

There is also a cash incentive to encourage participants to succeed in meeting their goals! When an FSS participant experiences an increase in rent due to earned income, a portion of the difference between the rent at the beginning of the FSS contract and the new increased rent goes into a tax-free, interest-earning escrow account. When a participant has met all of his or her goals and graduates from the program, he or she is issued a check for the full amount of the escrow account balance!

If you are interested in participating, follow the link to the Pre-Enrollment Form. Print it out, complete it, and send it to the Resident Services Department. You will be contacted by the appropriate FSS Coordinator to schedule a one-on-one interview.


FSS Pre-Enrollment Form and Goal Sheet

Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Mailing List

FSS participants who join the mailing list will receive updates on FSS news & communications, job & training opportunities, and more. If you are not a member of the FSS program, please complete and submit the above application to the Resident Services department. Public housing
residents can call James Jones at 440-288-7433 and HCV participants can call Jani Justice at 440-288-7485 with any enrollment questions.