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Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program


What is the Family Self-Suffiency (FSS) Program?

  • The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program is an initiative enacted in the National Affordable Housing Services Act of 1990. It is designed to assist FSS participants in utilizing community services and resources in achieving economic independence. 
  • The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program offers assistance as part of a coordinated linkage to other programs and services to include child care, transportation, personal and career counseling, adult basic or college education, job training and job placement assistance to move the family towards economic self-sufficiency.
  • The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program is a voluntary 5 year program. Participants will enter into a contract of participation. The contract of participation can be extended to allow successful completion.


  • Self-Sufficiency is defined as being able to maintain oneself without outside aid; also having extreme confidence in one’s own ability.


  • The main goal of the FSS Program is to coordinate training, education, and other services necessary to help families obtain good jobs and earn money to support their family without depending on Government assistance.
  • FSS Program helps participants define their goals and develop a plan to achieve them. Goals may include a good job, college, homeownership, starting a business, etc.
  • Case manager will link families to the necessary supportive services.