Family Self-Sufficiency Program

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program is an employment and savings incentive program for low-income families who live in public housing. It provides case management services that help participants find employment and reach other goals. The program also offers escrow accounts into which the housing authority deposits the increased rent that a family pays as its job earnings increase. Families that complete the program may withdraw funds from these accounts after five years.

The Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) helps the residents of our Conventional Public Housing Program and HOPE VI residential developments to achieve self-sufficiency. Through coordinated job training, housing, childcare, and supportive services, the FSS program will assist families toward self-sufficiency and economic independence.

The primary aim of the UMHA FSS Program is to assist public housing residents to become self-sufficient and reduce their dependency on government programs. Case management and supportive services delivered through an interconnected network of agencies will enable residents to achieve residential stability, increase skill level and/or income, and promote greater self-determination.