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

  • 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

The Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) is a voluntary program open to both public housing residents and participants of the Housing Choice Voucher program (HCV). The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sponsors FSS programs through Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) like the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) to enable families to achieve economic independence and decrease dependency on public welfare assistance.  FSS enables participating families to build financial assets as the household increases earned-income from wages. 

FSS participation generally lasts five years.  Throughout participation, families work with an FSS Coordinator to develop and achieve goals specified upon enrollment in the program, including educational advancement, completion of specialized job training, job placement, career advancement, and homeownership.  As participants achieve their goals and increase their 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 the participant meets their goals and graduates from the program, they are eligible to receive a payout of the escrow accrued throughout the duration of participation.


Get your questions answered and apply for FSS at Informational Sessions. The schedule of upcoming sessions is below. No RSVP required!

CHA Central Office – 60 E. Van Buren
Tuesday              9/6/16                  3pm – 5pm
Tuesday              10/4/16                3pm – 5pm
Tuesday              11/1/16                3pm – 5pm

CHA South Office – 10 W. 35th St.
Thursday             9/15/16                3pm – 5pm
Thursday             10/13/16              3pm – 5pm

CHA West Office – 2750 W. Roosevelt
Thursday             9/22/16                12pm – 1pm

Heartland Alliance Office – 400 W. 76th St. Suite 112
Saturday             8/13/16                12pm – 1pm
Saturday             9/10/16                12pm – 1pm
Saturday             10/8/16                12pm – 1pm
Saturday             11/12/16              12pm – 1pm
Saturday             12/10/16              12pm – 1pm

Heartland Alliance Office – 4411 N. Ravenswood, 3rd Floor
Wednesday         10/26/16              12pm – 1pm
Thursday             12/1/16                12pm – 1pm

Heartland Alliance Office – 208 S. LaSalle, Suite 1300
Thursday             9/8/16                  12pm – 1pm
Thursday             11/3/16                12pm – 1pm

Charles Hayes Family Investment Center (FIC) – 4859 S. Wabash
Thursday             8/18/16                5pm – 6pm
Thursday             11/17/16              5pm – 6pm

2016 FSS Information Sessions
Download our brochure here.  

Enrollment in FSS

Enrollment for FSS is now open for public housing and HCV residents of CHA. For more information, please call the FSS hotline at (773) 358-3838 ext. 2642.