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No, you must have a Section 8 voucher before you can join our FSS program.
No, the program is completely voluntary. However, it is highly encouraged, especially if you want you and/or your family to be financially self-sufficient and on the way to financial independence.
No. The goal of the FSS program is to help you reach self-sufficiency and to be successful through employment and other financial choices; however, graduation requires only that you complete your own goals and be suitably employed. If you are far enough along the path to self-sufficiency by the time you graduate from FSS, you may be earning enough money that you will no longer be eligible for Section 8; that’s a great thing for you! If you graduate from FSS but still meet the income guidelines, you will continue to receive your housing assistance.
The FSS Program is a cooperative program that provides support and assistance to your family for up to 5 years. The head of household enters into an agreement with the FSS program, which identifies the family's employment goals. It outlines the activities and services required to achieve these goals. Regular contact with us is essential and will provide opportunities to problem-solve obstacles before they arise. An FSS Coordinator will support you, take an interest in your future, and will refer you to public agencies and resources available. They will assist you in achieving your objectives.
Gradually, as you accomplish increased degrees of self-sufficiency by working and earning more, your portion of rent may go up. Another advantage to the FSS Program is that as this happens, we will establish an escrow account that will be awarded to you when you've successfully completed FFS. This account automatically saves for you and could be a boost in reaching any goals or personal endeavors you may have. You can even join the FSS Program if you are presently working or are in school. You are not required to be on any public assistance other than the Housing Choice Voucher Program in order to qualify.
Joining the program could be the key to your family's success. It is designed to assist families just like yours. People join the FSS Program to learn work skills and improve their ability to get and maintain employment. Our Family Self-Sufficiency clients make impressive progress towards self-support.