Who is eligible to participate in the HCV FSS program?
Families in the Section 8 program are eligible to participate in the FSS program.
What requirements must a family meet to participate in the FSS program?
The head of each participating family must execute an FSS contract of participation that specifies the rights and responsibilities of both parties. The 5-year FSS contract specifies goals and services for each family. Family members must fulfill all requirements in order to obtain full benefits.
What is the FSS escrow account?
An interest-bearing FSS escrow account is established for each participating family. An escrow credit, based on increases in earned income of the family, is credited to this account during the term of the FSS contract. A portion of the escrow account may be available to the family during the term of the contract to enable the family to complete an interim goal such as education.
If the family completes the contract and no member of the family is receiving cash welfare assistance, the amount of the FSS account is paid to the head of the family. If the FSS contract is terminated, or if the family fails to complete the contract before its expiration, the family's FSS escrow funds are forfeited.
Does a family have to give up its rental assistance after the family completes its FSS contract?
No. Although it is hoped that families will no longer need housing assistance upon completion of the FSS program, some families that complete the program will still need assistance for housing. The law provides that a family may complete its FSS contract and receive its escrow while continuing to receive housing assistance under the voucher program.
Are families required to participate in FSS?
No. Participation of families in the FSS program is voluntary and cannot be condition of receiving assistance under the housing choice voucher program.
How do families apply to the HCV FSS program?
Families that are selected to receive a voucher or who currently receive assistance through the housing choice voucher programs should discuss participation the FSS Coordinator.