Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS)

Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS)

Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) is a HUD program that allows residents of HCV and public housing to build financial assets as the household increases earned-income from wages.  Participation generally lasts five (5) years, during which participants identify educational, professional and personal goals including:

  • educational advancement (e.g. GED or post-secondary)
  • completion of specialized job training
  • obtaining employment
  • career advancement
  • transitioning out of subsidized housing
  • homeownership

The FSS program involves goal setting, mentoring and financial incentives to empower families in making positive life changes.

CHA’s FSS Program Services

As a part of CHA’s FSS program, participants work with an FSS Coordinator to develop a plan that outlines specific activities needed to achieve their economic self-sufficiency goals. Throughout the program, the FSS Coordinator monitors participants’ progress and helps them move toward self-sufficiency. CHA’s FSS services are coordinated through one primary contracted agency, Heartland Human Care Services.

As participants achieve employment goals and increase household income from wages, their rent increases.  An amount equitable to the monthly rent increase is set aside each month into an escrow savings account.  When participants meet all of their goals and graduate from the program, they are eligible to receive a payout of the escrow accrued during their participation.

Enrollment in FSS

The waitlist for the FSS program is now open for public housing and HCV residents of CHA. For more information, please call the FSS hotline at (312) 935-2625.

For HCV families

  • CHA is currently enrolling and accepting new applications for the HCV-FSS program.
  • HCV families can find out more about the FSS program by contacting the HCV Call Center at (312) 935-2600.

For Public Housing families

  • Current public housing residents can be referred to the PH-FSS program through their FamilyWorks provider.