Family Self-Sufficiency

FSS is a great way to save money!

Family Self-Sufficiency flyer

Contact Joni Boissonneault for more information at (207) 773-4753 x8265 or email her at


FSS Frequently Asked Questions


Section 8 Voucher holder or Public Housing Resident
Note: You cannot lose your housing subaidy by participating, completing, or no-compliance in this program! It's WIN-WIN!

FSS Program Goals(s):

Within 5 years you must:

  • attain and/or maintain full-time suitable employment (part-time for disabled) and;

  • free of TANF cash benefits for 12 consecutive months (if applicable)

Earn FREE Money:


  • Portland Housing Authority will deposit money monthly into a special Savings Account depending on increases in wages (Earned Income).

  • Enroll in the FSS Program BEFORE you start working for optimum savings

Resources & Referrals:

(not limited to)

  • One-on-One Support

  • Affordable Childcare

  • Financial Stability

  • Matched Savings

  • Career Advising

  • Job Skills Training

  • Building & Rebuilding Credit

  • Home Ownership

Complete a Pre-Enrollment Application form, print it, and bring it with you to your appointment with Joni!