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. 


Attendance at an FSS Information Session is Required for Enrollment into FSS.  Upcoming Sessions:

HCV Central Office
60 E Van Buren, Client Center
Tuesday           2/20/18           3pm - 4pm

HCV West Office
2750 W Roosevelt Rd
Thursday         3/1/18             3pm - 4pm

HCV South Office
10 W 35th St, 5th Floor
Thursday         3/15/18           9am – 10am

Heartland Alliance at Main FSS Office
400 W 76th St
Thursday         2/22/18           2pm – 3pm
Wednesday     2/28/18           1pm – 2pm
Saturday          3/10/18           11am – 12pm
Wednesday     3/21/18           1pm – 2pm

For more information, call the FSS hotline at (773) 672-6644 

More Information

FSS 2018 Action Plan
FSS Flyer
FSS Flyer (Spanish)
FSS Financial Education Workshops