Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program Action Plan

FSS Action Plan (Revised 7-1-2018)

Learn about the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program

  • What is the FSS Program?

    The FSS Program is a five-year voluntary program designed to help families achieve economic self-sufficiency by providing services ranging from case management and referrals to supportive social services such as:

    -Childcare
    -Job Preparation
    -Credit Counseling
    -Mentoring
    -Education
    -Money Management
    -Home Ownership
    -Transportation
    -Workshops
    -Vocational Training

  • Who is Eligible?

    To participate, a family must be a Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher participant.

    Participation is voluntary. The only requirement is a desire to become self-sufficient.

  • How Does it Work?

    Participation in the FSS Program requires the following:
    1)  Complete an FSS Pre-Enrollment Application.
    2) Develop your short- and long-term goals for a five-year term with the assistance of an FSS Coordinator.
     
    3) Sign an FSS Contract of Participation.

    4) Accept case management and referrals for you and your family as needed to help achieve short- and long-term goals.

    5) Meet with your FSS Coordinator periodically to discuss progress and any additional supportive services needed.

    6) Complete all of the family goals to be eligible to apply for graduation from the FSS Program.
  • Incentives for Participating

    As families report wage increases, their rent is adjusted, and a portion of their rent increase is credited into an interest-bearing escrow savings account monthly.

    FSS participants must successfully achieve all goals established in the FSS Contract of Participation and graduate from the Program in order to be eligible to receive escrow funds.

    This unique savings opportunity is available only to FSS participants.

  • How to Graduate

    To graduate from the FSS Program, and receive any funds in the escrow account, the head of household must:

    1) Complete the contract goals withing 5 years

    2) Achieve and maintain suitable employement

    3) Certify that no family member is on cash assistance for 12 consecutive months prior to completion of the Program; and

    4) Certify that all family members are in good standing with the Housing Authority.

    A family that has not met its responsibilities within the times specified in their FSS contract, or has been terminated from the FSS or HCV Program, will not receive any funds in the escrow account. 

  • Can the Program Help Purchase a Home?

    The FSS Program can refer families to first-time home ownership programs that provide the education necessary to increase home ownership options.  Many families have used their escrow savings as a down payment on their first home!

  • How to Apply

    Alhambra Office
    Call (626) 586-4510 ext.16044

    Antelope Valley Office
    Call (661) 575-1511 ext. 11503

    Email: FSSProgram@hacola.org

    You may also apply through the Section 8 Tenant Portal.

  • Contact Information

    Alhambra Office
    (626) 262-4510 ext.16044

    Antelope Valley Office
    (661) 575-1511 ext. 11503

    Email: FSSProgram@hacola.org

Leidy Ramirez

FSS Spotlight

As a single mom of two, Leidy Ramirez joined HACoLA’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program in 2014 in order to obtain stable employment and purchase a home. Within three years, she was able to graduate from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, find full-time employment as a correctional officer, and complete the FSS Program. “The FSS Program was there for me and encouraged me to meet my goals,” Ms. Ramirez shared.