The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) is a HUD program that encourages the Housing Authority to work with agencies, schools, businesses, and other local partners to develop a comprehensive program that gives participating FSS family members the skills and experience to enable them to increase their earned income an establish an escrow account.
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
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