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FAQs for FSS

What is the Family Self-Sufficiency Program?
The Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program is an innovative, voluntary program that assists Public Housing residents and Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) participants to achieve economic independence over a five (5) year period. FSS participants work directly with the Resident Services Specialist to identify barriers, set goals and achieve them.

Who is eligible?
Public Housing Residents and Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) participants are eligible. Once the head of household signs an FSS Contract of Participation, all adult family members are also eligible.

How long is the program?
You may participate in the FSS program for up to five (5) years. In some cases, FSS contract may be extended for an additional two years. 

What is standing between you and economic independence?

  • Career Counseling
  • Self Esteem
  • Education
  • Money Management
  • Training
  • Savings
  • English as a Second Language
  • Employment
  • Job Readiness
  • Home Ownership
  • Child Care
  • Credit Counseling
  • Transportation

What are the benefits to you and your family?
You will have better access to educational and employment opportunities. If you are affected by the Virginia Independence Program of Welfare Reform (presently receiving TANF or Food Stamps) the FSS Program will benefit you by helping you gain the education, training and job search skills you will need to be successful in your job search. The overall aim is to have our participants working in full-time jobs and earning enough money to support their family without depending on government subsidies.

How can a resident or participant contact the Resident Services Specialists?
The Resident Services Specialists are available Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the main office located at 530 East Pinner Street; Suffolk, VA, or they can contact the office at (757) 925-6496 for Public Housing FSS or (757) 925-6550 for HCV FSS.