FSS Program

Family Self Sufficiency Program (FSS)
The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program is a critical component of HUD’s overall efforts to help Housing Choice Voucher holders and residents of public housing and HUD-assisted multifamily housing to make progress toward economic security. FSS helps participants increase their earnings and build financial capability and assets through two key features which build on the platform of stable housing created by rental assistance:

• A financial incentive for participants to increase their earnings in the form of an escrow savings account that increases as the residents’ earnings increase. The escrow account helps participants build savings that they can use to improve their quality of life and advance their personal goals. Escrow funds can also help participants cover the cost of services that may be needed to make progress toward goals while enrolled in the program, such as employment training, car repairs, credit repair, etc.

• Case management or coaching to help residents’ access services they may need to overcome barriers to employment, strengthen their financial capability, and address other challenges holding them back from achieving their goals.

Eric-Montanile
FSS-Coordinator