Family Self Sufficiency


What is the Family Self-Sufficiency Program?

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program is a free, voluntary program available to anyone receiving Section 8 or Public Housing rental assistance.  Case workers work individually with each client to design a personalized plan for Self-Sufficiency.  This plan might include – - -

  • Obtaining and Maintaining Employment
  • Moving Off Housing Assistance
  • Completing a GED/High School Diploma
  • Higher Education
  • Pursuing Home Ownership

Case workers refer to a vast network of Community Partners and Service Organizations to support the clients in reaching their goals.

To learn more about the Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) download the current “FSS Action Plan” or review the  ”Draft FSS Action Plan“. A public hearing will be held on May 24, 2016 at 11:30 a.m for comments on the proposed revision.

What kinds of services are available?

The Family Self-Sufficiency Program provides two main services.  Find out more about these services by clicking on the links below:


What is expected of participants?

In order to successfully complete the FSS program, a client must obtain and maintain full-time work (at least 32 hours per week) and remain off Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for the final year on the program.  Clients receive Financial and Home Ownership Education while on the program.  In addition, we ask that clients maintain regular contact with their case manager in order to stay updated on progress and the many services available, and to problem solve any obstacles they might face.


What is the FSS Escrow Account?

An interest-bearing FSS Escrow Account is established by HACSL for each family participating in our FSS Program.  An escrow credit, based on increases in earned income of the family, is credited monthly to this account by HACSL during the term of the FSS contract.  At times, HACSL may make a portion of this escrow account available to the family during the term of the contract to enable the family to complete an interim goal such as education.  The balance of the FSS Escrow Account is paid out to the family upon successful completion of their FSS contract.


If you have would like to join the Family Self-Sufficiency program or would like more information, please contact Elizabeth Bioteau at (801) 284-4405 or