Family self-sufficiency (FSS) is a HUD program that encourages communities to
develop local strategies to help voucher families obtain employment that will lead to
economic independence and self-sufficiency. Public housing agencies (PHAs) work
with welfare 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 obtain employment that pays a living wage. A separate
program, the public housing FSS program, is available for public housing residents.