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What is the Family- Self Sufficiency Program?

The Family Self- Sufficiency Program (FSS) in an innovative voluntary program that helps Section 8 participants and Public Housing residents achieve economic independence over a five year period. Participants work with an FSS coordinator to assess their strengths, identify barriers, set goals and achieve them.

What areas does the program cover?

  • Career counseling
  • Self-esteem
  • Education
  • Money management
  • Training
  • Savings
  • English as a second language
  • Employment
  • Job readiness
  • Home ownership
  • Child care
  • Credit counseling
  • Transportation

Who is eligible?

Section 8 participants and Public Housing residents whose goal is economic independence are eligible to participate in the program. Once the person who is the head of the household signs a FSS Contract of Participation, all family members in the home who are 18 years of age are also eligible for services.

What are the benefits to your family?

Through the FSS program, you can develop your skills and gain the training you need to achieve economic independence. With your FSS Coordinator as your advocate, you and other adult family members will access the resources you need to achieve short-term and long-term goals

How does the savings account work?

Normally, when income increases, your rent will increase. If a family qualifies and their rent goes up as a result of an increase in earnings, the amount of the increase will be placed in an escrow account. In the FSS program, the family will pay the increase in rent and OHA will deposit the funds into a savings account which the family can use when the contract is successfully completed. This account will also include interest. To successfully complete the program, the head of household must be working full-time 32 hours or more per week for three consecutive months and all family members must be off public assistance for at least the last year of the five year contract. Participants may be in the FSS program for up to five years. In some cases, FSS may extend the contract for two more years.

For more information on how to enroll, contact:

Dominque Brown
Section 8 FSS Coordinator (Last name D-Z)
402.444.7100 ext. 232
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Mary Gray
All Public Housing/ Section 8 FSS Coordinator (Last name A-C)
402.444.7100 ext. 267
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