Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS)
The Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) invests in your future by contributing money into a savings account when your earned income increases. Available to current Housing Choice Voucher holders, FSS is a HUD-funded program and the goals of the program are to help households increase income, reduce the need for public assistance, and connect participants with community resources to help you reach your self-sufficiency goals such as obtaining reliable transportation, relieving personal debt, or funding a down payment on a home. There are typically around 30 active participants in the FSS program. Of FSS participates who graduated from the program in 2017, their income increased by 65% at-exit when compared to at-entry.
The amount of money FSS graduates received from their account when they exited from the program ranged from $1,300 to over $13,000. The more you earn through work, the more Scott County CDA can contribute!
Important things to know about the FSS Program:
- You will have an account that Scott County CDA opens for you and maintains while you are on the program.
- Scott County CDA contributes money (through funding from HUD) to the account as you earn more income through work.
- The more earned income the more the CDA will contribute.
- The type of account is called an escrow account.
- If you graduate from the program, you will get a check for the money you earned.
- All Housing Choice Voucher and Project Based participants are eligible to participate in the program.
- You will still only have one caseworker; your FSS worker is also your Section 8 worker, making it easy to communicate!
- FSS is a voluntary program designed to encourage you to achieve goals and increase income.
- The program is free!
What are the requirements of the program?
- Meet with the FSS Program Coordinator initially to sign up for the program and every 6 months thereafter to set goals and make actions plans.
- Attend one Community Meeting per 12 month period to learn about other resources in the community and give program feedback.
Download the FSS flyer by clicking here.
Ask a question about the program by connecting with a caseworker here.