Family Self-Sufficiency
Frequently Asked Questions

Am I qualified/eligible for Family Self Sufficiency?

You are qualified if you have the following:

  • Section 8 Voucher or live in Public Housing
  • Want to work at least 32 hours per week (or suitable part-time if disabled)

I'm already working; can I still join FSS?

Yes, you are still eligible for FSS as long as you have other self-sufficiency goals, such as:

  • Maintain employment
  • Increase wages
  • Attain promotion
  • Increase employment skills
  • Explore Homeownership
  • Save money
  • Financial Stability
  • Attain suitable childcare

Just to name a few...

Does the escrow start as soon as I sign the FSS contract?

No, the escrow never starts when you sign the contract or when the contract becomes effective. The FSS Escrow doesn't begin to have deposits until:

  • FSS Contract becomes effective
    • (FSS Contract states current Annual Income, Earned Income, Family Rent)
  • A rent calculation is completed by PHA after FSS contract effective date
    • Family Rent has increased above what is stated on FSS Contract
    • Wages (earned income) has increased above what is stated on FSS Contract

How much escrow will I get?

Escrows vary depending on your family's income as it varies throughout the term of your FSS contract. Some families don't earn an escrow at all, but are still successful at completing their self-suffiency goals.

    The basic escrow calculation =

Rent Calculation is completed

Family Rent increased AND Wages increased

      Family Rent (base - listed on FSS Contract)

  –  Family Rent (current)

      Escrow Deposits begin monthly

What are the benefits of FSS besides the "free money"?

That's easy! The FSS Program Manager is available for one-on-one assistance throughout your FSS contract to provide encouragment and referrals to area resources to assist you with completing all of your self sufficiency goals. In addition, Free Workshops and family fun activities are offered to FSS participants throughout the year.