What is FSS?
The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program is an employment and savings incentive program for low-income families that have Section 8 vouchers or live in public housing.
Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) is a HUD program that allows residents of HCV and public housing to build financial assets as the household increases earned-income from wages. Participation generally lasts five (5) years, during which participants identify educational, professional and personal goals including:
- Educational advancement (e.g. GED or post-secondary)
- Completion of specialized job training
- Obtaining employment
- Career advancement
- Small business
- Transitioning out of subsidized housing
The FSS program involves goal setting, mentoring and financial incentives to empower families in making positive life changes.
FSS program services
As a part of Washington County's FSS program, participants work with a FSS case manager to develop a plan that outlines specific activities needed to achieve their economic self-sufficiency goals. Throughout the program, the FSS case manager monitors participants' progress and helps them move toward self-sufficiency. FSS services are coordinated through its community partner referrals.
Some of our community partners include:
- Dress for Success
- Economic Empowerment
- ClearPoint Credit Counseling
- Casa of Oregon VIDA Savings Program
- WorkSource Oregon
Benefits of the FSS program
The FSS program offers many benefits to all families. Dedicated FSS case manager, financial education classes, referrals to community partners who provide services for job training, finding employment, personal growth counseling, individual saving accounts for education – small business – home ownership, HUD funded savings account, HUD home ownership program and many other exciting perks!
Enrollment in FSS
There are some basic eligibility criteria that must be met in order to enroll in FSS. FSS candidates must:
- Be a current Housing Choice Voucher or Public Housing participant.
- Agree to a 5-year contract to set family goals and be motivated to complete your goals.
- Be willing and able to seek and maintain employment.
FSS program successes
Washington County has had numerous FSS graduates. In some circumstances, the escrow funds paid to these graduates enabled them to purchase homes and others were able to start businesses or eliminate debt in order to enable them to achieve homeownership.
Interested in learning more?
To learn more about FSS, or to discuss enrolling in the program, please contact:
- 503-846-4794 if you are a voucher client, or
- Adriana Moran at 503-846-4731 if you are a Pubic Housing or Affordable Housing client
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