CHA’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program builds on HUD’s FSS program model by enabling participants to build financial assets while working toward educational, professional, and personal goals.

FSS is a goal focused program to assist participants to increase financial stability and move forward on an individualized path toward self-sufficiency.  Each participant comes into the program with a unique set of personal goals, some of which include:

  • 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 participants on setting personal goals, developing a plan and identifying resources and supports to meet the goals, and increasing financial stability and awareness.  FSS Coordinators also provide mentoring to empower families in making positive life changes.

While participants work on their self-sufficiency plan, CHA manages an FSS savings account that enables participants to build financial assets. As participants achieve their personal goals they may be eligible to accrue credits to the savings account see Pay Points Chart. 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 – historically the average savings to a participant is around $6,000.

The pathway to self-sufficiency is different for each FSS participant, and our goal is to support individuals as they navigate their path and take the next step toward self-sufficiency.

Join us for an Information Session to find out more about FSS.  Attendance is required for Enrollment into FSS.


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

CHA HCV West Office
2750 W Roosevelt Rd
Thursday            7/26/2018          3pm-4pm
Thursday            8/23/2018          3pm-4pm
Thursday            9/27/2018          3pm-4pm

CHA HCV South Office
10 W 35th St, 5th Floor
Wednesday       7/11/2018          4pm-5pm
Friday                 8/17/2018          9am-10am
Wednesday       9/05/2018          4pm-5pm

Heartland Alliance at Main FSS Office
400 W 76th St
Saturday             7/14/2018          11am-12pm
Thursday            7/19/2018          6pm-7pm
Tuesday             7/24/2018          1pm-2pm
Thursday            8/02/2018          1pm-2pm
Thursday            8/16/2018          1pm-2pm
Tuesday             8/21/2018          6pm-7pm
Tuesday             8/28/2018          1pm-2pm
Saturday            9/08/2018          11am-12pm
Tuesday             9/11/2018          1pm-2pm
Thursday            9/20/2018          5:30pm-6:30pm
Tuesday             9/25/2018          9am-10am

Heartland Alliance at Ravenswood Office
4411 N Ravenswood, 3rd Floor
Monday             7/16/2018          6pm-7pm
Saturday            8/11/2018          11am-12pm

Bethel New Life
4950 W. Thomas St, Lab
Monday             8/27/2018          11am-12pm

CYC Building – Altgeld Gardens Computer Lab
951 E 132nd Pl
Tuesday             7/31/2018          5:30pm-6:30pm             

CYC Building – Altgeld Gardens - Gymnasium
951 E 132nd Pl
Saturday            9/01/2018          10:30am-11:30am

1152 N Christiana
Monday             9/17/2018          6pm-7pm

Mercy Housing
3301 W Arthington
Tuesday             9/11/2018          5pm-6pm

Metropolitan Family Services - South East Office
3062 E 91st St
Thursday            7/12/2018          1pm-2pm

CHA Section 3 Office
3641 S. State St.
Wednesday       8/08/2018          4pm-5pm

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

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