RESIDENT SERVICES

FAMILY SUCCESS THROUGH FSS

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program is aimed at empowering volunteer families to become self-sufficient with increased access to education, employment opportunities, and through referrals to other services.

The FSS program combines EHA’s housing assistance programs with various support services to assist participating families in meeting their planned goals over a five year period.

HOW FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY WORKS

Families selected to participate in the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program must meet the general eligibility criteria of the RAD PBV Program and HCV (Section 8) Program. They are assigned a family advocate who helps them target specific goals for success and plan strategies to reach them.

FSS participants qualify for substantial assistance in getting services like child care, education, job training, transportation, parenting skills and health care.

MONEY IN THE BANK

During each family’s period of FSS participation EHA sets up an escrow account for them.

As each family’s earning power and wages grow the family’s share of rent under the HCV (Section 8) Program or RAD PBV Program goes up. Instead of charging these families more rent, EHA credits the family’s increased portion of rent to their escrow account every month.

The money in these escrow accounts is presented to each participating family when they successfully complete their period of Family Self-Sufficiency participation.

SWEET SUCCESS

Since EHA began its Family Self-Sufficiency program in 1993, we have dispersed over $100,000 to our Family Self Sufficiency graduates from their escrow accounts. This money can be used by the graduates any way they choose, but many have made down payments on their first homes.

EHA's FSS PROGRAM - ACTION PLAN

Success Stories

FSS Program Resources

Participation

- Goal Change

- 2 yr. Extension

Graduation