Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) is a HUD program that enables CHA’s families to build financial assets while working toward educational, professional, and personal goals such as:

  • Reducing debt/improving credit
  • Earning a post-secondary degree or GED
  • Starting a new career
  • Obtaining a new job
  • Starting a business
  • Becoming a homeowner

Our FSS partner, Heartland Human Care Services, works directly with families on goal setting, increasing financial literacy, and provides mentoring to empower families in making positive life changes.

An FSS escrow savings account enables families to build financial assets. As participants achieve goals and increase household income, their rent increases; an amount equitable to the monthly rent increase is set aside into the FSS savings account.  When participants meet goals and graduate from the program, they are eligible to receive a payout of the monies accrued throughout the duration of participation – the average payout to a family is around $6,000.

Visit CHAngemakers to read stories of success from FSS and other CHA programs. 


For more information, call the FSS hotline at (773) 672-6644 or attend an information session.

No RSVP required!

HCV Central Office - 60 E Van Buren
2nd Wednesday of the month 12-1pm
Wednesday, January 11th
Wednesday, February 8th
Wednesday, March 8th

HCV West Office- 2750 W Roosevelt Rd
2nd Thursday of the month, 4-5pm
Thursday, January 12th
Thursday, February 9th
Thursday, March 9th

HCV South Office - 10 W 35th St
5th Floor - 1st Tuesday of the month, 4-5pm
Tuesday, February 7th
Tuesday, March 7th

Heartland Alliance - 400 W 76th St
2nd Saturday of the month, 12-1pm
Saturday, January 14th
Saturday, February 11th
Saturday, March 11th

Charles Hayes Family Investment Center - 4859 S Wabash, Conference Rooms A&B
Thursday, March 16th 4 – 5pm

More Information

FSS Flyer
FSS Flyer (Spanish)
FSS brochure (English)
FSS brochure (Spanish)