Family Self Sufficiency

What is the HCV family self-sufficiency (FSS) Program?

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.

How do families apply to the HCV-FSS program?

Families that are selected to receive a voucher or who currently receive assistance through the housing choice voucher programs should discuss participation in the FSS program with their Housing Choice Voucher Coordinator.

What services are provided through the HCV-FSS program?

FSS program services may include, but are not limited to:

  • Job Training and Employment Counseling
  • Child Care
  • Transportation
  • Education
  • Household Skill Training
  • Homeownership Counseling
  • Substance/Alcohol Abuse Treatment or Counseling

To learn more about this program please visit: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development