Family Self Sufficiency Program
The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program is offered by the Housing Authority to assist participants to become financially independent and self-sufficient. The program focuses on education, job training, job placement, and addressing other family needs.
SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
+ Who is Eligible?
All participants in the Section 8/Housing Choice Voucher Program are eligible and encouraged to participate.
+ How does the program work?
If you decide to join the FSS Program, the FSS staff will:
- Provide you with a Contract of Participation
- Help you develop your own personal service plan based on the goals you set
- Refer you to services and other agencies that will assist you to accomplish your goals
- Open and maintain an Escrow Account when appropriate. Provide other supportive services
+ What is expected of me?
- Have no lease violations
- Pay rent on time
- Sign the Contract of Participation, which is in effect for five years
- Establish goals, including the ultimate goal of freedom from the need for government assistance
- Further education or job training, or seek employment
+ What is the Escrow Account?
The Escrow Account is a savings account opened for you, the participant, when you have employment income. Once your portion of the rent increases because of higher income, the Housing Authority matches the amount and places it in the escrow account every month on your behalf. The monthly amount deposited will increase or decrease depending on your income. Some participants have accumulated nearly $10,000 in their escrow accounts.
+ NEED MORE INFORMATION?
If you are interested in the FSS Program, please call Nicole Zenon at 717-939-9301 Ext. 525